Informed consent is the process of communication between a patient and the anesthesia provider that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo anesthesia. For both ethical and legal reasons, patients must be given enough information to be fully informed before deciding to assume the risks associated with anesthesia. For pediatric patients, their parents or legal guardians must sign for consent.
All consents will need to be signed prior to your procedure. We will recommend the type of anesthesia best suited for your procedure, your medical condition, and your surgeon’s requirements. Your preferences will also be considered.
Anesthesia is generally safe. If you have chronic health issues, there may be additional anesthesia risk. Not all the risks can be covered by the provided consent form. Please ask your anesthesia provider any questions that you may have and be sure to express any concerns.
NPO is a medical abbreviation for “nothing by mouth”. It is very important to adhere to the fasting guidelines established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. If your stomach is not empty, you may vomit and aspirate stomach contents into your lungs. For this reason, we recommend to not consume food after midnight. However, if the surgery is late in the day, you may eat as indicated in the table below. Additionally, please avoid breath mints and chewing gum. If criteria is not followed, your procedure may be postponed or cancelled.
Administering general anesthesia in an office setting is very safe. Apex Anesthesia Services uses various advanced technologies, equipment, medications and supplies to provide a safe and effective treatment. Apex Anesthesia Services teams are highly trained in emergency care and post anesthesia monitoring. Prior to the day of procedure, your medical history is reviewed and any necessary medical consultations are obtained. On the day of surgery, you will meet and have a final assessment by your anesthesia provider. During the procedure, your anesthesia provider remains with you throughout the procedure and carefully monitors your heart rate, electrocardiogram, blood pressure and oxygen delivery. Your airway may be secured with a breathing tube and necessary medications will be administered via an intravenous line. It is extremely important for you to provide us with accurate health information prior to your procedure so the anesthesia provider can tailor your anesthetic accordingly to minimize any complications. It is also crucial to follow all pre-operative instructions carefully.
Our office will contact you to confirm your procedure and go over the pre-operative instructions. If we are unable to reach you, please call the office and confirm your appointment.
We recommend that you not consume food after midnight. However, if the surgery is late in the day, you may eat as indicated in the NPO guidelines table (Please refer to the NPO instructions). Additionally, we recommend that you do not smoke, chew tobacco or consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
Patients are not permitted to drive or leave office unattended after the procedure. It is necessary to make arrangements for a responsible adult or caregiver to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours following surgery. Without these arrangements, your surgery will be canceled. A parent or legal guardian must remain on premises while their child is having treatment.
After your procedure is completed, you will be cared for in the recovery area, where you will be closely monitored by our experienced staff until you are deemed ready to go home. At the time of discharge, we will give your escort specific instructions regarding your home care. All instructions related to your surgical treatment will be given by your surgeon or his/her staff.
If you experience any problems or difficulties following your procedure, please call Apex Anesthesia at (509) 764-5399. However, if it is after regular business hours, please contact the on-call doctor at (509) 995-7746.
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If you have any other concerns, please contact our office at: (509) 764-5399 or Dr. Pester at (509) 995-7746
If you experience a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to a nearest Emergency Room.
At Apex Anesthesia, we participate in most major insurance plans. However, we suggest that you verify your eligibility for services with your insurance company.
All financial arrangements for surgical procedures will be handled by your surgeon’s office. Charges for the anesthesia services will be separately processed by Apex.
We offer Care Credit and accept all major credit cards. We kindly request all anesthesia payments to be made prior to your procedure.
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