Anaesthetist role gets wider acclaim

Anaesthetist role gets wider acclaim

World Anaesthesia Day today: Medical advancement benefits mankind

Here is where the role of anaesthetists have become vital. An anaesthetist role have turned profound than ever.

On the World Anaesthesia Day on Sunday, October 16, anesthetists all over the world are paying rich tribute to people who demonstrated that ether could be used to sedate patients who undergo surgery.

With the theme, saluting ether and people who worked on it, the 165th World Anaesthesia Day will be observed. The role of an anaesthetist have diversified to revolutionary changes in the more than one and half century. Anaesthetics have now received their due of recognition.

Dr Vishwanathan, head of the department of anaesthesia, JSS Hospital says the advancement in anaesthesia has brought many a benefits to the mankind.
The mortality rate due to anaesthesia has reduced to nil and the procedure has forayed into new areas of medical procedures.

“Now, there are advanced surgeries in neuro and cardiac procedures to which giving anaesthesia was risky. But, the advancement in anaesthesia has brought changes in these areas. An anaesthetist can only know the sedative that should be administered for any complex procedure,” he says.

He opines that giving anaesthesia requires a meticulous analysis of patient’s history and diagnosis and the skill as to sedate the patient in his conscious. The change has been gradual,” he adds.

Dr Mahadeva K, consultant anaesthesiologist, Vikram Hospitals told Deccan Herald that an anaesthetist is no more bound to operation room.

“The anaesthesiologists take care of critically ill in ICUs. They are also in use in MRI, CT rooms, endoscopy, orthroscopy and procedures. They manage the patients with chronic pain syndromes and run pain clinics.

All patients with trauma need anaesthesiologist to control acute pain, resuscitate and to operate on him. Anaesthesiologist has also understood the sleep cycle and treats sleep related illnesses, says Dr Mahadeva.

“All patients carry an inherent risk to anaesthetics. Good surgical outcome depends on safe anaesthetist.

Now-a-days complicated surgeries are being performed on a medically sick patients, even in extremes of age, increases stress to the anaesthesiologist. It is here that the services of anaesthesiologist should be acknowledged by  the fellow colleagues and general public, he says.

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