What is an Anaesthetist?
Anaesthetists have a detailed understanding of physiology, biochemistry and physics. They are trained in the use of some of the most sophisticated monitoring equipment in medicine. The anaesthetist will use at least eight different electronic monitors which give information about basic body functions in a standard anaesthetic. In addition, advanced monitoring equipment can give information about heart function, circulation, and breathing.
They are also experts in drug interactions which are inevitable in modern anaesthesiology. Anaesthesiologists make considerable use of the interactions to the benefit of their patients. More complicated are interactions between anaesthetic drugs and prescription medications. These interactions may be dangerous for the patients during an anaesthesia procedure, and it is the job of the Anaesthesiologist to identify and negate these reactions before they occur.
Their areas of expertise include:
- Anaesthesia for Breast and Endocrine Surgery
- Anaesthesia for Ear, Nose and Throat, and Head and Neck Surgery
- Management of Burns and Sepsis
- Management of Difficult Airways
- Neurosurgical Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
- Teaching of Techniques of Percutaneous Tracheostomy
- The Kidney in Critical Illness
- Ventilation of the Lungs
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