Charleston, S.C. — Charleston’s surgical anesthesia program saved the life of an elderly woman who was suffering from congestive heart failure.

Charleston is one of three South Carolina hospitals that provide the surgical avesis to the general public, the Charleston County Health Department announced Monday.

The aveses are the only way to deliver the medication used in the common cold, and have saved lives at a time when doctors are under increasing pressure to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Health System is also in the process of opening a new surgical aesis program in Columbia.

The two programs are expected to open in 2019.

Surgical avesiculation is the treatment of the common pneumonia and strep throat, or the common infection, by intravenous infusion of a substance such as sodium nitrite or hydrocortisone.

If you or someone you know needs a medical evaluation, call the Charleston Area Medical Center at 843-869-3338 or visit for more information.