Pre-Admission Testing Facility
Cost-effective preoperative testing has become a major objective in this era of managed medical care. At the Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) Facility, the anesthesiologist reviews what testing is necessary for the patient. The Department has guidelines for testing and collaborates with Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Medicine to reduce the costs of unnecessary tests.
Patients requiring anesthesia prior to surgery are evaluated in the PAT facility. Nurse practitioners work under the supervision of Anesthesiology faculty, with an Anesthesiology resident present for the evaluation of more complex cases. The PAT facility is currently being expanded because of the rapid growth in Yale-New Haven Hospital’s clinical activities.
The PAT Facility is an important component of our residency program. CA-1 Anesthesia residents typically spend two to four weeks in the Center. They learn guidelines for preoperative assessments and gain practice in their interview skills. They receive a suggested reading list and are given access to a library of primary references and relevant anesthesiology, medicine, surgery and pharmacology texts. Residents are encouraged to communicate with referring surgeons and patients' primary care physicians so they can participate fully in the preoperative care of patients.