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Anesthesiologist

Major surgeries strictly require administration of anesthesia so as to block the patient's sensation of pain during the operation. And, the specific member of the surgical team who is responsible for this activity is called an anesthesiologist.

Definition

Those physicians whose chief concern is to relieve the pain of surgical patients are called anesthesiologists. They are the medical specialists who provide patient care before, during, and even after an operative procedure.

Anesthesiologists are skilled in various procedures that involve major invasive procedures. These medical experts are known mainly for their task of administering anesthetics or medications that save patients from experiencing intense pain. But unknown to people, these specialists play a very important role in the whole operative process.

Anesthesiologists or anesthetists carefully deliver and regulate sedatives while on surgery. Aside from this, they also observe the patient's overall condition, including his or her vital signs, all through out the perioperative process. And, during the recovery stage, anesthetists also prescribe medications that can help patients while recuperating after the surgery.

Types of Patients

Anesthesiologists are actually known for their role in surgeries as they are the ones who provide the anesthetics. Little do people know, the patient care offered by medical professionals starts even before the patient is brought to an operating room. The anesthetist conducts a preoperative interview with a patient so as to get a detailed medical history, which is relevant to the procedure that will be done on him or her.

This medical specialist ensures that the right type and amount of anesthesia is delivered to the surgical patient. In addition, he or she also changes the amount of anesthetic given corresponding to the patient's condition while the surgery carries on.

Meanwhile, the anesthetist's job does not end after closing up the patient since he or she still monitors the patient while in the recovery room. It is also they who can declare when a patient can leave the recovery room.

The anesthesiologist's specialty lies on relieving pain hence they also participate in the process of treating a patient who holds a condition that bring about severe and long-lasting pain. Some of the medical specialists in this field have also dedicated themselves to manage certain problems that involve the respiratory and neurological conditions.

Those who chose to work in an emergency setting focus on certain conditions that need immediate management. Anesthesiologists who work in emergency rooms take care of patients who have experienced shock, heart attack, traumatic injuries, and drug overdose.

There are also anesthesiologists who specializes in the care of children: pediatric anesthesiologist.

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