- Experience a higher level of comfort and convenience by having procedures performed in a place where you are already familiar
- Enjoy increased privacy by being cared for in your personal physician or dentist’s office
- Avoid a separate visit to your primary care physician for a history and physical prior to you or your child’s procedure. Our MAC physicians will accomplish that for you on your scheduled procedure date
- Individualized one-on-one anesthesia care provided by physician anesthesiologists
- Potential cost savings compared to surgeries performed at hospitals
- In an era where many patients express sentiments that healthcare encounters leave them feeling like they’re simply moving through rushed assembly-lines, MAC strives to provide genuine, individual attention and personal, concierge-style care
Anesthesiologists are primarily responsible for the safety and well-being of patients before, during and after surgery. This may include:
- Placing the patient in the state of controlled unconsciousness called “general anesthesia”
- Providing “regional anesthetics,” in which only a portion of the body is made numb
- Administering sedation when indicated for the relief of pain or anxiety
All of these anesthetics provide continuous pain relief and sustain patients’ critical life functions as they are affected throughout surgical, obstetrical or other medical procedures.
The role of the anesthesiologist extends beyond the operating room. The anesthesiologist is responsible for the preoperative assessment of the patient, an evaluation process that carefully considers both the patient’s current state of health and the planned surgical procedure. This evaluation allows anesthesiologists to make judgments about the safest anesthesia plan for each individual patient. The anesthesiologist also is responsible for the well being of the patient postoperatively, while the patient emerges from the effects of anesthesia. They often are involved in the management of acute postoperative pain, as well as chronic and cancer pain; cardiac and respiratory resuscitation; blood transfusion therapies; and respiratory therapy.
Anesthesiologists in the United States complete the following education and training:
- four year undergraduate college degree
- four years of medical school
- four year anesthesiology residency program.
Although anesthesiologists complete a minimum of eight years of medical training after college, many elect to spend an additional fellowship year of specialty training in specific areas such as pediatric anesthesia, pain management, cardiac anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, obstetric anesthesia or critical care medicine. Upon completion of training, anesthesiologists are eligible for board certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology. They may also seek certification in one of following subspecialties, which require additional training and examinations: pediatric anesthesiology, critical care medicine, hospice and palliative medicine and pain medicine. The physicians of Mobile Anesthesia Care are all board certified, and some have additional board certifications in anesthesia subspecialties.
NPO Patient Requirements/Instructions:
- Adult patients (18 years and older): No solid food/milk/broth 8 hours prior to office arrival
- Pediatric patients: No solid food/milk/broth 6 hours prior to office arrival
- Patients of all ages: No clear liquids (apple juice, water) 2 hours prior to office arrival.
- Clear Liquids include: water, sport drinks (i.e. Gatorade/Powerade), fruit juices without pulp, carbonated beverages, clear tea, black coffee, Jello without fruit.
**This does not include alcohol beverages.
- Solid Foods includes: food, milk, orange juice, broth, coffee including creamer/milk, gum, and candy. A light meal is recommended and does not include meat, cheese, fried or fatty foods, which can slow gastric emptying times.
- We strongly encourage patients to eat/drink as close to the designated times provided, in order to stay hydrated and ease hunger concerns.
- Certain medical conditions slow gastric emptying and/or put patients at higher risk for pulmonary aspiration, such as diabetes, renal disease, slow gastric motility, GERD, dysphagia, chronic constipation, and hiatal hernia. The anesthesia provider may adjust NPO times according to patient health history.
Adult Patients (18 years and older):
Patients will be able to drink and eat until eight (8) hours prior to scheduled arrival time. After that time period, the patient will be allowed to have clear liquids (such as water, clear juices, Gatorade or Pedialyte) until two (2 hours) before scheduled arrival time. Patients should have nothing in their mouth two (2) hours prior to your arrival time for the procedure, including gum, life savers, hard candy, etc.
Patients will be able to drink and eat until six (6) hours prior to scheduled arrival time. After that time period, the patient will be allowed to have clear liquids (such as water, clear juices, Gatorade or Pedialyte) until two (2 hours) before scheduled arrival time. Patients should have nothing in their mouth two (2) hours prior to your arrival time for the procedure, including gum, life savers, hard candy, etc.
Why is it so important to stop eating and drinking fluids according to the instructions you gave us?
Each patient has the right:
- To access medical care.
- To participate in decisions about your care.
- To be treated with respect, consideration, and dignity.
- To privacy and security.
- To request information about his/her care and to know risks, benefits, and alternatives, except in an emergency or to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law.
- To have access to an interpreter if needed.
- To receive care in a safe environment free from all forms of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
- To know the names of physicians, nurses, and all other health care team members directing and/or providing his/her care as well as their credentials.
- To confidentiality of his/her medical records and to approve or refuse their release except when required by law.
- To understand the fees for services and payment policies.
- To agree or refuse to participate in research, marketing, or educational projects.
- To understand provisions for after-hours and emergency care.
- To receive information regarding methods for voicing grievances regarding treatment or providing feedback to the organization
- To request another healthcare provider
Each patient is responsible for:
- Providing complete and accurate information about his/her health history, including present condition, past illnesses, allergies, medications, vitamins, herbal products, hospital stays and any other matters that pertain to his/her health, including perceived safety risks.
- Asking questions when information or instructions are not understood.
- Following the treatment plan prescribed by his/her provider
- The consequences and outcomes if the treatment plan is not followed or if care is refused
- Treating all healthcare professionals, visitors, and other patients with courtesy and respect
- Providing complete and accurate health insurance information, paying bills in a timely manner, and accepting personal financial responsibility for any charges not covered by his/her insurance
- Keeping appointments or calling the healthcare provider when unable to do so
- Providing a responsible adult to transport him/her home from the facility and remain with him/her for 24 hours, if required by his/her provider
Mobile Anesthesia Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Mobile Anesthesia Care does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Mobile Anesthesia Care:
• Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
○ Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
• Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
○ Qualified interpreters via telephone
o Information written in other languages
If you need these services, contact Holly O’Hare, Practice Manager.
If you believe that Mobile Anesthesia Care has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with: Mary Burnett, HR Director, 8717 West 110th Street, Ste 600, Overland Park, KS 66211, Phone: 913-428-2900, Fax: 913-428-2951, e-mail: [email protected] You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, Mary Burnett, HR Director is available to help you.
You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)
Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.
Can I have another family member or close friend bring my child for their procedure if I have to work?
Why is my dentist recommending office-based anesthesia for my child’s dental procedure? Does my child really need general anesthesia?
For many children (and even adults), a trip to the dentist is a particularly high anxiety experience. If a pediatric patient has a traumatic dental encounter, this difficult experience may negatively impact the child for all future visits to the dentist – perhaps for a lifetime. Using various techniques, OBA minimizes this possibility and aims to keep your child’s procedure as comfortable as possible.