Presbyterian Anesthesia Associates is a group of 52 anesthesiologists providing anesthesia and perioperative care for patients at Presbyterian Healthcare facilities throughout the greater Charlotte and Salisbury, NC region. We provide preoperative assessment and anesthesia services for 65,000 patients each year at 17 locations in the Southern Piedmont region. Physicians in our practice include specialists in fields such as Pediatric Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine who are among the elite in their fields. Our unparalleled patient outcomes represent an outgrowth of three areas of clinical endeavor:
Clinical Practice Initiatives
Presbyterian Anesthesia Associates' Clinical Practice Committee identifies events and trends regionally and nationally which impact patient outcomes. Strategies are then implemented which optimize preparation of our patients before surgery, and to ensure the safest possible environment during surgery. Over 20 initiatives have been developed and implemented, resulting in a superb record of patient safety.
Thirty four separate quality of care items are assessed on every patient undergoing anesthesia at Presbyterian facilities. Outcomes are assessed both immediately after surgery, then 24 to 48 hours later to provide additional follow up. In addition to clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction is also evaluated in an effort to achieve the best possible patient experience.
The Anesthesia Care Team
Presbyterian Anesthesia Associates operates using the Anesthesia Care Team, an approach to providing anesthesia care which has been demonstrated in clinical outcome studies to be the safest method. Both a physician Anesthesiologist and a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will be assigned to the patient's care during surgery. The anesthesiologist may be responsible for more than one patient, but will be present during all the critical portions of the case. A CRNA will be present throughout the procedure. The anesthesiologist will also be available to attend to any of the patient's needs in the recovery room.