Ambulatory Surgery Center Anesthesia
Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Anesthesia is a core service of Centurion.
Many anesthesia groups may cover out-patient surgery centers to complement their hospital-based practice or to help their hospital; an add-on service. Centurion is different. We're sensitive to the unique environment of ambulatory surgical centers, where an anesthesiologist needs to be able to work independently. And we are experts in the regulations and guidelines that govern ASCs. We take this service personally.
Our staffing approach incorporates both MD-only and Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) models. We take individual service very seriously, and prioritize the flexibility needed to be able to adapt to the needs of each facility. The common denominator in all of our staffing, however, is stated succinctly in the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)’s Statement on the Anesthesia Care Team:
“all patients deserve the involvement of a physician anesthesiologist in their perioperative care”
It often makes sense for a number of reasons, mostly financial, to involve non-physician personnel in the administration of anesthesia. If done correctly, anesthesiologist MDs working together with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in an ACT can provide top-notch anesthesia. It’s crucial, however, to be clear:
While selected tasks may be delegated to qualified members of the ACT, overall responsibility for the team’s actions and patient safety ultimately rests with the physician anesthesiologist. That’s why Centurion administers anesthesia only by physician anesthesiologists or the CRNAs under their direct supervision.