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Volume 33, Number 3
May/June 2007

Anesthesia Services Outside of the Operating Room
Kendall Adams, Natalie Pennock, Becky Phelps, Wendy Rose, and Matthew Peters

In January 2000, Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC) nurses and physicians of specific disciplines including hematology/oncology, surgery, Emergency Department (ED), and anesthesia, identified a need to provide general anesthesia for children undergoing procedures outside of the operating room. This need was based upon two factors: (a) limited availability of the operating room, and (b) lack of proper monitoring of children receiving conscious sedation for painful procedures in PCMC clinics. In September 2000, the Rapid Treatment Unit (RTU) service was developed to provide cost-effective, efficient, patient/family-centered care for a variety of procedures. With limited literature on the subject of anesthesia services outside of the operating room, many hours of planning, education, and organizing occurred to develop this unique service. Parents have reported satisfaction with the service verbally and through an anonymous survey. Increasing numbers of patients seeking services from Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana indicate a need for service expansion within the five-state region surrounding Salt Lake City. The RTU Anesthesia service is an important asset to PCMC and continues to expand to provide safe, efficient health care for children.