Anesthesiologists: Why Their Job Matters

Anesthesiologists play a very important role in the medical industry. Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine devoted to pain reduction and the complete care of a patient throughout all parts of a surgery. Anesthesiologists are a vital part of a patient’s medical experience because they work incredibly hard to ensure painless and successful medical procedures for thousands of people every day.

Anesthesia Facts

  • According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, approximately 40 million anesthetics are given each year in the United States during medical procedures; 90 percent of those are administered by anesthesiologists.
  • Three places where anesthesia can be properly administered: a hospital/medical center, an ambulatory surgical center or a doctor’s office.
  • Those training to become anesthesiologists can study for 12-13 years before practicing their medicine, helping to ensure some of the highest quality patient care in the world.
  • Since 1970 the amount of anesthesiologists has doubled in the United States.
  • Risk for death from anesthesia is less than 1 in 200,000 when an anesthesiologist is involved.
  • Anesthesiologists properly administer anesthesia to ensure safe surgery without pain.
  • They are fully responsible for maintaining a patient’s vital signs during surgery, such as heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature and bodily fluid balance.
  • After surgery they play a large part in the patient’s recovery process, evaluating them in great detail to ensure their return to a normal, comfortable state.

Without anesthesiologists, we would never be able to painlessly undergo a wide variety of medical procedures (such as a heart valve replacement or endovascular surgery). Whether patients are getting a molar removed or undergoing a lifesaving organ transplant, anesthesiologists take pride in protecting the lives of their patients while ensuring their swift and safe recovery. For more information or to find an anesthesiologist near you, visit The Medical Center of Plano

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