Operating Room - Ear, Nose and Throat
The ENT operating room presents a variety of challenges to the anesthesiologist. The cases in these rooms call upon the gamut of skills and knowledge that the anesthesiologist needs to have. Patients may range from the infant with chronic ear infections presenting for myringotomy tubes, to the elderly man with oral carcinoma with a perilous airway. Many of our pediatric cases are done here, so experience with children is easily obtained during your rotation. Management of the difficult airway is one of the skills developed during this rotation. Techniques such as fiberoptic intubation and jet ventilation are used frequently, as well as advanced base-of-the-skull surgery and airway reconstruction.