It’s a testament to the skill and professionalism of anesthesiologists that the highly misleading term “routine anesthesia” has entered popular parlance. For medical practices that are performing increasingly complex surgeries in-house, finding reliable anesthesia services is important to ensure successful results. The truth is that any anesthesia is far from routine. Anesthesia is a delicate, amazing procedure that allows physicians to perform procedures they would never be able to ca…
It’s a testament to the skill and professionalism of anesthesiologists that the highly misleading term “routine anesthesia” has entered popular parlance. For medical practices that are performing increasingly complex surgeries in-house, finding reliable anesthesia services
is important to ensure successful results.
The truth is that any anesthesia is far from routine. Anesthesia is a delicate, amazing procedure that allows physicians to perform procedures they would never be able to carry out if patients were conscious and able to feel pain.
Each year, doctors successfully anesthetize millions of Americans to prepare them for surgery. No medical procedure is without risk, but the safety rate for anesthesia is incredible, with only 0.4 deaths per 100,000 patients.
While most people describe anesthesia as “being put to sleep,” the procedure is more akin to putting patients into a safe, reversible coma. When people are asleep, they still respond to stimulus, particularly pain. General anesthesia not only renders patients unconscious, it also prevents them from feeling pain and makes them immobile. Local anesthesia is another form of anesthesia in which patients remain conscious, but a specific part of their body is rendered immobile and unable to feel pain.
Anesthesiologists deliver general anesthetics to patients via an IV or by gas. Intravenous anesthetics wear off faster than inhaled anesthetics, and, in many cases, this form of general anesthesia is preferred, as it allows patients to go home sooner after surgery. Extensive training is required to safely administer the drugs used to anesthetize patients, to ensure patients are safely put under and awakened after surgery. Anesthesiologists earn a bachelor’s degree, a medical degree, and then undergo a four-year residency. Many also complete a one-year fellowship.
During surgery, anesthesiologists monitor patients using a variety of electronic medical devices that track patients’ vital signs. These medical professionals monitor blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, respiratory patterns, and heart function. Careful monitoring of these signs is especially important in patients who are very ill or who have health problems such as diabetes.
Anesthesiologists also provide after-surgery care. Because they are experts in pain management, the advice of anesthesiologists comes in handy for patients recovering from extensive surgeries or injuries.
A growing number of medical practices are working with anesthesiologists to allow them to perform a wider range of procedures in-house, rather than referring patients to surgical centers or hospitals. This allows medical practices to provide personalized care to patients. It also allows practices to be more profitable, as they can offer more services. For medical practices who wish to go this route, finding the best-trained anesthesiology professionals is important to patient safety and comfort.
Strategy Anesthesia partners with a variety of medical practices to provide reliable, clinically competent anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists. By working with Strategy Anesthesia, practices can offer a broader range of procedures in house, allowing them to provide more personalized care directly to their patients. Based in California, Strategy Anesthesia also has offices in Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and Montgomery Village, Maryland. To learn more, call (888) 398-6234.