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The Samaritan Healthcare anesthesia team is dedicated to delivering safe anesthesia with state-of-the-art, industry-supported methods and procedures. The needs of each patient are carefully examined and each patient receives an anesthetic tailored to their individual condition. An anesthesia provider is always nearby. This ensures that whatever the emergency, expert anesthesia care is always available.

M. Lyndon Dieter, MD, is Samaritan Healthcare’s Medical Director of Surgical Services and general anesthesiologist. Dr. Dieter works with a highly experienced team of CRNAs. Collectively, the anesthesia team represents many decades of expertise and experience. This expertise serves to meet the anesthesia needs of patients and surgeons alike. The anesthesia providers are supported by anesthesia technicians, nurses, scrub technicians, pharmacists, and many others—all working together to optimize the surgical patient’s experience.

Due to the worldwide focus on the opioid crisis, we continue to find ways to deliver opioid-sparing anesthesia when appropriate. This reduces the risk for future opioid abuse while controlling pain and enhancing rehabilitation and recovery.

While much of the anesthesia delivered by providers occurs in the operating and procedure suites where surgeries and procedures are typically performed, they also provide anesthesia-related services elsewhere in the hospital. Their services are needed in the Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department, and in the Mother-Baby Unit where labor epidural anesthesia and Cesarean deliveries are performed. Anesthesia may also be consulted to provide acute, non-surgical pain relief—such as rib fractures—for patients in the hospital. Another area of the hospital where anesthesia is used is in the Radiology Department where patients may require sedation for radiology-related procedures or for reducing anxiety.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, anesthesia providers had also become frontline heroes when patients suffering from respiratory failure due to COVID pneumonia required endotracheal intubation and ventilatory support.

Types of anesthetics used:

  • IV sedation
  • Regional anesthesia (“nerve blocks”)
  • Epidural and Spinal anesthesia
  • General anesthesia
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