Anaesthesia Department of Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre is well equipped with high end anaesthesia workstations to meet the needs of all types of cancer patients and for surgeries lasting for long hours. The hospital has eight major modular OT’s and three minor OT’s. The Operation Theatre has the distinction of being GREEN OT CERTIFIED by Bureau Veritas. Electronic record keeping of the pre anaesthetic assessment, intra operative monitoring and procedures is being practiced. Subsequent integration of this data is being incorporated into the Hospital Information System.
The Pre Anaesthesia Checkup (PAC) clinic is functioning along with the surgical specialty OPD’s.
All cancer patients pertaining to neurosurgery, paediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, abdominal and pelvic malignancies, major orthopedic malignancies including limb salvage are being operated. Facilities for liver transplant in hepatic cancer patients exist. Specialized anaesthesia for laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery (thoracic, abdominal & oral), HIFU, HIPEC, RFA, Intraoperative Radiation, Stem cell harvesting, Interventional radiology such as (TACE), tracheal and bronchial stenting etc are being performed. Interventional pain management techniques are being conducted under CT guidance under monitored anaesthesia care.
Procedures such as Trans-Esophageal-Echocardiography (TEE), videolaryngoscopy, bronchoscopic intubations, one lung anaesthesia, diagnostic and therapeutic perioperative ultrasound, regional blocks, invasive cardiac output & SVV monitoring and are being used in anesthesia techniques.
General Anaesthesia as well as conscious sedation is performed for outdoor procedures such as endoscopies and in remote locations for Radiotherapy, Interventional Radiology, CT, PET- CT and MRI.
The Anaesthesiology team comprises of five Senior Consultants, four Consultants, apart from the Clinical Assistants, Senior Residents and DNB candidates.
The Department is accredited by the National Board of Examination and four primary and four secondary DNB candidates are admitted every year for the course. Oncological Anaesthesia fellowship of one year is being offered to preferred candidates interested in the post doctoral training. An OT technician course approved by Indian Medical Association is also being conducted by the Department.
Research activities pertaining to goal directed fluid therapy using IVC distensibility index, lung ultrasound and TEE guided cardiac output; ultrasound guided upper airway studies; TEGG studies in deranged coagulation profiles etc. are in progress.