Anesthesiologists are Medical Doctors with a minimum of five years speciality training in Anesthesia after completing four years of Medical School. They champion your safety before, during and after an operation and play key roles in many other areas of the hospital and patient care.
Anesthesiologists assess and medically optimize patients in the pre-operative clinic before an operation. During a procedure, they monitor the heart, lungs and other vital systems closely and this care extends into the recovery area after the surgery. In the days after an operation they provide pain management for post-surgical patients and manage also manage complex chronic pain syndromes.
Providing care and comfort during labour and delivery with by administering epidurals and anesthesia for cesarian sections are other important roles. Their unique skillset is an asset in running intensive care units and taking care of critically ill patients. Anesthesiologists can be called to assist with medical emergencies for life saving care and are often involved when patients going through their worst moments.
Anesthesiologists are highly qualified medical specialists. They are reliable with a high attention to detail. Anesthesiologists are risk averse and lead the focus on patient care and safety. Like pilots, they are constantly trying to anticipate and solve problems before they occur.
Their extensive knowledge in physiology and pharmacology facilitates managing complex cases. They are also very familiar with a variety of surgical procedures and medical problems which help tackle complications arising during an operation.
During an operation Anesthesiologists not only put patients "to sleep", but also ensure they do not feel any pain or awareness. They monitor your vital signs very closely and use a variety of drugs and monitors to keep patients safe and stable while surgeons preform procedures that can be basic to highly invasive surgeries.
Anesthesiologists are team players who work closely with surgeons, other specialists, nurses and respiratory therapists. This cross platform interaction gives them a unique perspective and often Anesthesiologists take on administrative leadership roles within the peri-operative setting.