The NORA (Non-Operating Room Anesthesia) team provides the administration of anesthesia outside the traditional operating room setting. This is routinely necessary for patients undergoing procedures or tests in the electrophysiology and catheterization labs, the interventional radiology, neuroradiology, and gastroenterology departments, and in the MRI and CT scan suites, among others.
With the increasing demand for anesthesia outside the operating room, the Department of Anesthesiology has assembled one of the nation's first non-operating room anesthesia divisions to specifically address the need to administer anesthesia safely and efficiently under these circumstances. Our goal is to become a model for the administration of non-operating room anesthesia by becoming the nationwide leader in constructing detailed guidelines and protocols for the safe and proficient administration of anesthesia outside the traditional operative setting. To this aim, we have made a comprehensive analysis to ensure adequate accommodation of necessary anesthesia equipment including emergency backup systems. Strict patient selection criteria, including thorough preoperative evaluation and screening are followed, and adequate staffing and recovery care protocols have been established that consider the type of anesthesia, the type of procedure, and special needs of each patient.