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Anaesthesia and Resuscitation

Anestesiologia i Reanimació a Vall d'Hebron

The Anaesthesia and Resuscitation Teaching Unit is divided between Cardiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, the Radiodiagnosis Unit, and the Accident and Emergency Department. Activity in the anaesthesia and resuscitation specialisation is divided into five areas: Maternity and Children’s Hospital, General Healthcare, Traumatology, the Pain Management Unit and the Pere Virgili Health Complex, and the Surgery Unit.  The Anaesthesia Department also has three Resuscitation Units and numerous recovery areas for postoperative care. Vall d’Hebron University Hospital is a global leader in the field ; 49,000 anaesthetic procedures were recorded in 2015, 11% on infants. In addition, we have pioneered the creation of a Pain Management Unit, in which anaesthesia and resuscitation play an important role and with more than 3200 analgesic procedures recorded per year. The Anaesthesia and Resuscitation Unit at Vall d’Hebron was created in 1955 and is currently one of the units with the highest potential in Catalonia and Spain as a whole, with 105 consultants and 45 residents. 


Specialists in anaesthesia and resuscitation come into contact with patients in the Accident and Emergency Department, in the operating room, and in resuscitation areas. They actively take part in duty shifts, as well as in the Department’s meetings and sessions.

The Unit is regularly involved in different surgical specialisations, pathologies and surgical procedures, and in specialists’ training according to the criteria established for teaching units accredited by the National Board of Medical Specialists from the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Education. Before surgery, we check the anaesthesia form, which must indicate the patient’s informed consent as well as approval by the assigned doctor. Once in the operating room, we prepare the pharmaceuticals and materials to be used, whether they be infusion sets, anaesthesia equipment or anaesthesia and patient monitoring equipment. Once the operation is over, residents accompany patients to a recovery room, resuscitation room, or Intensive Care or other location.

The anaesthetist’s sphere of activity includes teaching activities, clinical research and management, as well as disease prevention, healthcare information and education primarily relating to critical surgery patients with acute or chronic pain. In addition, anaesthetists  play a key role outside the operating room in interventional radiology, endoscopy, magnetic resonance techniques, haemodynamics, arrhythmia, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, digestive endoscopy and bronchoscopy, among other areas.

Resident anaesthetists carry out preoperative visits in the Outpatient Clinic as well as on the hospital wards when the patient has been admitted prior to the date of surgery.

Anaesthesia and Resuscitation has recently set up a  Research Committee which will regulate and support the various lines of research, together with the Vall d’Hebron Hospital Research Institute . These include locoregional anaesthesia, intraoperative nociception, intraoperative oxymetry, anatomical studies in paediatrics, obstetrics, and outpatient surgery.


Accredited places: 12


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Why should I specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because training is governed by safe and quality practical work, with a Training Committee that continuously reviews and supervises the protocols  and knowledge being taught.
  • Because we are preparing for a future where residents can carry out anaesthesia and resuscitation applied to all existing specialisations in any hospital.
  • Because we have trained more than 400 professionals and have extensive experience in training specialists in anaesthesia and resuscitation since 1972.
  • Because we offer residents a weekly course in which practice and simulation is the most commonly used method to ensure real quality learning.
  • Because the Faculty of Anatomy at the University of Barcelona collaborates in the Department’s anatomical studies.
  • Because we encourage residents to take part in existing lines of research.
  • Because we also give residents the opportunity to do their doctoral thesis with us.
  • Because we are at the cutting edge of the field and incorporate new surgical technologies, new diagnostic methods and in-demand treatments, such as preoperative telematic planning.
  • Because we offer cross-cutting training and residents learn the most common procedures as well as the most complex.
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