Anesthesia Service Mission
Our mission is to serve active duty, retirees, family members, and other DOD authorized patients. The patient population age ranges from infants greater than 3 months to the geriatric patient. General and regional anesthesia is permitted on patients with moderate systemic diseases providing that the patient’s medical conditions are well controlled and the risk for postoperative complications is considered minimal. Patients are screened by both the surgeon and anesthesia staff for their suitability as surgical outpatients at this facility. KACC is an ambulatory care facility and, therefore, is only suitable for certain surgical procedures. There is no in-patient capability (overnight stay) at KACC, and it is the goal to discharge all patients to their home, with a responsible escort, with their surgical pain well controlled. Those rare patients who have intractable nausea and vomiting, or poorly controlled pain management, will require transfer to a tertiary care facility for more definitive care.
Primary staffing consists of military and civilian. Kimbrough has a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists(Nurse with specialized training and a Master’s degree in Anesthesia Nursing) with over 70 years experience administering all types of general and regional anesthesia, as well as moderate and deep sedation.
Anesthesia care of the surgical patient involves preoperative, intra-operative, and postoperative assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Care depends on the complexity of the surgical procedure and the individual physiological, psychosocial, and teaching needs of the patient. The surgeons, anesthesia providers, peri-operative nursing staff and Post-Anesthesia/Same Day Surgery nursing staff work collaboratively to provide optimal care for the surgical patient.
The Anesthesia staff will meet with the patient prior to going to surgery to discuss the anesthesia choices and concerns the patient may have. The anesthesia provider will stay in the room until the surgery is completed and then transfer the patient to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit; where the patient is held until he/she finishes waking up and to receive pain medications immediately following the completion of surgery.
The KACC Anesthesia Service routinely provides all commonly used techniques of general anesthesia and most types of nerve blocks. These nerve blocks are achieved by administering local anesthesia around the nerves that provide sensation to the area being operated on. Several surgical procedures can be safely managed with monitored anesthesia care, otherwise known as I.V. sedation.
Questions and Concerns
Feel free to call Same Day Surgery at 301-677-8800, visit their web page, or stop by to pick up a brochure regarding frequently asked questions.
To learn about the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and information regarding possible pre-operative questions, The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has an excellent website.