Wednesday, 11 June 2014
"Will you be there the whole time?"
An anesthesia provider will be with you the entire time that you are under a general anesthetic. We do not leave you without someone else taking over.
In academic medical centers (teaching hospitals) there are often two people taking care of your anesthetic - an attending anesthesiologist and a trainee (i.e. an anesthesiology resident or nurse anesthetist student). In that situation one or other of the providers will take a break (lunch / bathroom etc) while the other stays in the operating room with you.
In a smaller hospital or private practice setting, there may be available personnel who will provide coverage for a break.
Otherwise, your anesthesia provider does not leave you and will wait until your case is finished to take a break.