What is an anesthetist?
An anesthesiologist is someone who has completed education and has been certified in anesthesia. They are capable of administering anesthesia required by a surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare professional.
What does an anesthetist do?
An anesthetist is a specialist. They administer anesthesia for all types of cases, in collaboration with doctors and health professionals, from the simplest to the most complex of surgeries. They can be found in many places, including traditional hospitals, delivery rooms, dental offices, ambulatory surgical centers, pain management clinics, and battlefields. They are healthcare professionals and are often the only anesthesia service providers offering surgical, obstetric and trauma stabilization services in rural hospitals and areas where it would not otherwise be possible. Outside of the operating room, an anesthetist can provide services in other areas.
Functions of an anesthetist
An anesthesiologist should monitor the patient closely to make any necessary adjustments in the dosage of the medication. Evaluation of the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, and other measurements help determine the effectiveness of anesthesia. The anesthetist is also responsible for maintaining the patient’s airway. This is generally accomplished through the use of an intubation tube. The tube protects and controls the airways, thus ensuring that the patient is breathing effectively. They must be able to identify and manage emergency situations, and can initiate and participate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation involving tracheal intubation, ventilation, airway maintenance, and management of fluid, blood, electrolyte, and acid-base balance .
What is the workplace of an anesthetist like?
The anesthetist may work in a hospital, an outpatient surgery clinic, or an office surgery center. The environment is clinical and full of high-tech equipment. You will work with other members of healthcare, including surgeons, nurses, and operating room technicians. The sterile environment requires the use of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, and the operating room is kept cool to reduce bacteria.
An anesthetist can expect to see live surgical procedures, blood and other bodily fluids, and unpleasant odors. During intubation, the anesthetist must insert the intubation tube into the patient’s lungs. They should be comfortable performing this and other medical procedures. Additionally, they should meet and educate patients on what to expect from anesthesia prior to a procedure.
Working hours can vary significantly depending on the normal workload of the institution. Most anesthetists can expect to work between 6 a.m. and midnight. They also have to be on call and available at the hospital within 30 minutes, in the event that a patient must have emergency surgery.