Conditions and treatments in the Department of Anaesthesiology


The main clinical responsibilities of the Department of Anaesthesiology​ are anaesthesia for:

  • Orthopaedic surgery (7 operating rooms)
  • Ear-nose-throat surgery, eye surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery (8 operating rooms) with a recovery room with 5 beds and a day-surgery section with 4 beds
  • Plastic surgery and burns (5 operating rooms)
  • Breast surgery (2 operating rooms)

The Hyberbaric Chamber 

​Photo: Joachim Rode 

A specialist in anaesthesiology attends the hyberbaric oxygenation (HBO) treatments in the Hyberbaric Chamber together with a nurse and two technicians from Hyperbaric Consult (an engineering firm). 

Treatment is primarily given to patients with carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, radiation injury after successful treatment of cancer, or wounds with healing failure. The chamber has 7 seats and can be converted into an emergency room, if needed.


In November 2007 a helipad was opened on the roof of Rigshospitalet. at the 20th floor.  A porter from the clinic is present at all landings together with a technician. In 2015 we had 582 landings, in 2016 we had 716 landings.​ 

Trauma Team Leader

Photo: Joachim Rode 

The trauma team attends severely injured patients in the level 1 Trauma Centre. The trauma team leader is a specialist in anaesthesiology, and nurse anaesthetists and junior anaesthesiologists are part of the team.

Section of Acute Pain Management

The Section of Acute Pain Management works based on projects with all aspects of acute pain based in a clinical setting The unit serves all the departments at Rigshospitalet. 

The staff of the section consists of one specialist in anaesthesiology and one nurse

Paediatric Anaesthesia

More than 2000 children are anaesthetised in the department every year. Specially trained anaesthesiologists and nurse anaesthetists manage these patients.

Academic Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 

This unit comprises all anaesthesia departments at Rigshospitalet, but is centrally coordinated from the Department of Anaesthesia in the Centre of Head and Orthopaedics.

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