Anesthesiology Services at Berkshire Health Systems provides expert, state-of-the-art anesthesiology care to patients at Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital. Our team of Anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists is committed to providing the highest quality of care.
About your Anesthesiologist
Anesthesiologists are the physicians trained to administer and manage anesthesia during a surgical procedure. They immediately diagnose and treat any medical problems that might arise during and immediately after surgery. The Anesthesiology Department will provide a complete review of your health history and participate in optimizing your health prior to your surgery.
Prior to surgery, the anesthesiologist will evaluate each patient's medical condition and formulate an anesthetic plan which takes that patient's physical condition into account. It is vital that the anesthesiologist knows as much about your medical history, lifestyle, and medications as possible. Some particularly important information he/she needs to know includes the following: current medications, including over-the-counter and herbal medications, allergies to any foods and/or medications, reactions to previous anesthetics, and use of tobacco, alcohol, and any recreational drugs.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are nurses with experience in critical care medicine who have undergone specialty training in the field of anesthesia. As part of the team approach to anesthetic management, you may have a CRNA involved with your care, in addition to a physician anesthesiologist. CRNA and anesthesiologists work side-by-side in the operating room to provide you with the safest anesthesia care possible.