What We Do:
The Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins is one of the largest and leading ophthalmological centers in the country. The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine’s Ophthalmological Anesthesia Division works with a specialized team of certified nurse anesthetists to provide anesthetic care for 7,000 surgical cases per year, the majority of which are performed in the Maurice Bendann Surgical Pavilion on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Campus on an outpatient basis. Eye surgery can require unique and customized anesthetic since many surgical cases only 10 minutes. Our Ophthalmological Anesthesia Division aims to ensure maximum comfort and pain relief while allowing patients to spend minimal time in the operating and recovery rooms. More complex and lengthy procedures, particularly for infants and inpatients, are done in the Sheikh Zayed Tower that is within the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Perioperative Collaboration in the Bendann Surgical Pavilion
The Maurice Bendann Surgical Pavilion on the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus opened in 2009 and is one of the most modern ophthalmic surgical facilities in the world. The building was constructed to deliver state-of-the-art ophthalmic care and the surgical team members have come together to ensure the highest level of patient experience and efficiency to match. The Perioperative Leadership Team (PLT) was established in 2002 and includes representation from surgery, anesthesia, surgical scheduling, preoperative nursing, and materials management. Wilmer Anesthesia Division Chief, Dr. Ric Rivers, works tirelessly with the PLT to develop a safe and efficient system of perioperative care through project work. Most recently, members of the perioperative team including nurses, certified nurse anesthetists, anesthesiologists, and administrators attended a two-day Lean Six Sigma workshop to improve workflow in the Bendann Surgical Pavilion so that patients and families can experience a smooth process from the time their surgeries are scheduled through their discharge from the post-anesthesia care unit after surgery.