FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have been working with the same anaesthetist for years and we have a good working relationship. Would he/she be able to do the sedation?

Absolutely. As anaesthetists ourselves, we understand how the working relationship between an anaesthetist and surgeon is very important. As much as we are more than happy to listen to your concerns and tailor make a sedation setup for you, we are also more than happy to provide the equipment to your anaesthetist. We would however need proof of qualification and HPCSA and MPS registration.

What happens if the patient has a life threatening complication?

As patients are carefully selected this is extremely unlikely to happen. However, we have a full range of resuscitation equipment and drugs. This allows us to perform emergency procedures and resuscitation to the level that we would be able to in theatre.

When can I do cases?

We will always attempt to fit in with your schedule. It would be ideal to group patients together to minimise the logistics of transport, equipment and anaesthetist availability.

Where are the patients recovered?

The patients are normally recovered where the sedation is performed. We recommend booking consults in between cases to give us the requisite ten to fifteen minutes to recover the patient.

What procedures can I perform in my rooms under conscious sedation?

The scope of procedural sedation for surgery is a massive, but largely untapped market in South Africa. Most surgery that can be performed with the aid of local anaesthetic, is under the duration of 2 hours and allows for discharge shortly after completion of the procedure, can utilise procedural sedation. We encourage you to contact us should you wish to find out if a particular kind of surgery is amenable to procedural sedation.

Can ANY patient's surgery be performed under conscious sedation?

No. We ask all patients presenting for procedural sedation to utilise the 'patient' side of the web site to furnish us with their medical details so that we can make a decision, well before the day of surgery, regarding whether or not they are a suitable candidate for sedation. ASA 1 and 2 patients should be amenable to procedural sedation as well as some ASA 3 patients.

I already have a theatre list. Why should I use conscious sedation when I can just do all my patients under general anaesthetic?

There are several advantages to utilising in room, procedural sedation.
  • There is considerable stress associated with arriving in theatre that is mitigated by having the procedure done in the rooms, which the patient will have seen before.
  • There are less side effects associated with procedural sedation.
  • recovery time from the sedation is quicker.
  • There is a significant cost savings to the patient.

What equipment would I need to have available in my rooms?

Only equipment related to your type of surgery such as diathermy and suction. All other equipment, monitoring and oxygen would be provided by our service.

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