The Clinic for Anesthesiology, headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Quintel, works in close cooperation with other clinics of the Heart Center, particularly the Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, to treat patients from the Heart Center. The Clinic for Anesthesiology is divided into different sections corresponding to the established fields of modern anesthesiology: anesthesiology, intensive care medicine, rescue and emergency medicine, and pain medicine.

Anesthesiology section

The anesthesiology section is responsible for all surgical clinics at the UMG. For the approximately 25,000 anesthesia services performed each year at the UMG, there are 24 anesthesiologists working in the central operating unit and a further 14 in decentralized operating and functional units. This section employs a total of 12 senior physicians, 10 specialists and 26 residents. The care provided for Heart Center patients includes the entire spectrum of clinical anesthesia. Every day, in up to 5 operating rooms, perioperative and peri-interventional anesthesia services are provided for the Clinic of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Additional services are also provided for the pediatric and adult catherization laboratory. All age groups, from newborns to the very old, receive comprehensive care as cardiosurgical, pediatric cardiological or cardiological patients. The standardization of anesthesiological measures guarantees a high level of safety for our patients even during complicated procedures ( The regular use of transesophagal echocardiography by certified investigators, the application of point-of-care coagulation analytics (ROTEM® and Multiplate®) as well as neuromonitoring (NIRS®, SEP, BIS®) facilitate the highest quality of risk-adapted care even of very complex diseases.

Intensive care medicine

At the intensive care medicine section headed by Prof. Dr. Onnen Mörer, all surgical specialty areas (primarily neurosurgery, trauma surgery including poly-trauma patients as well as orthopedics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, ear, nose and throat medicine, gynecology, urology and visceral surgery) are serviced. We also treat patients with acute respiratory disease syndrome, sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock. When needed, we provide additional personnel for intensive medical care of patients of the Clinic of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (director Prof. Dr. Ingo Kutschka). Furthermore, patients with neurological or internistic diseases, intoxications and septic multiorgan failure are treated on a regular basis. Patient care is provided around the clock in close interdisciplinary cooperation with surgical specialty clinics and with specialists of non-surgical clinics of the University Medical Center Göttingen (i.e. radiologists, microbiologists, internists, neurologists and psychiatrists). Our patient care is carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures that are in adherence to international standards and therapy guidelines and are updated on a regular basis. In addition to drug-based therapy, the intensive care section has particular expertise in the use of organ replacement machines and support procedures. These include methods for extracorporeal CO2 elimination and veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for therapy of acute respiratory disease syndrome. For the treatment of acute kidney failure, we utilize all forms of modern kidney replacement procedures. All 28 beds in our section facilitate hemodynamic monitoring with modern measuring methods (pulmonalis catheter, PiCCO). In addition, echocardiograms are also carried out. The intensive care unit is equipped with modern bedside coagulation monitoring systems (ROTEM®, Hepcon® und Multiplate®) which facilitate rapid and targeted management of coagulation.

Prof. Dr. med. Quintel
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