The Division of Adult Multispecialty Anesthesiology is the largest Division in the Department. Staff members care for patients in the Weinberg and North Hospital operative suites of the University of Maryland Medical Center. The 27 surgical suites and two endoscopy suites in these facilities are supported by an expanding group of faculty who both care for patients and educate fellows, residents, medical students, student nurse anesthetists, and paramedics. All services are further supported by the Anesthesia Information Management System (AIMS), an electronic system for recording dynamic patient data during surgery. Members of the Division not only provide care in surgical suites, but also anesthetic care in nonsurgical cares, such as the MRI/CT scanning areas, neuroangiography, body angiography, radiation oncology, pulmonary medicine, electrophysiology, and gastrointestinal endoscopy. The Division expects its services in these areas to continue to grow.
The Division looks forward to implementing the preoperative phase of the AIMS system. Electronic assessments of both outpatients and inpatients will enable staff members to document a patient’s preanesthetic information accurately and concisely. The Division also helped establish a perioperative regional anesthesia team, which maximizes the efficient use of regional anesthesia in the perioperative period and enhances the education of trainees in regional anesthetic techniques.