Because Boston Medical Center is home to the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and possesses a busy maxillofacial surgery department, we anesthetize many patients with cervical column injuries and difficult airways. Residents develop refined skills using fiberoptic instruments and other specialized airway-management tools.
BMC has a busy cardiac surgery program, coronary artery bypass grafting with endoscopic vessel harvesting and port-access procedures. Mediastinoscopies and thoracotomies are commonplace. A cardiac and thoracic anesthesia team with extensive trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) experience is dedicated to caring for these patients. TEE is routinely performed during our cardiac procedures. A direct video connection with the cardiology echo lab and network storage of echocardiographic examinations allows for “live” interaction and collaboration with the cardiology department.
All BMC operating rooms are well equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring instruments, including depth-of-anesthesia monitors in every room and fully-computerized perioperative record-keeping.