Anesthesiology is a remarkably safe procedure, with millions of Americans safely going under each year to receive surgical treatment. The reason why anesthesia procedures are so safe is because of the hard work and expertise of anesthesia doctors and nurses—an irreplaceable part of safe anesthetization. Fall of the MachinesIn the last few years, there has been a move toward automated sedation devices in certain procedures, such as colonoscopy. The move is seen as a cost-cutting measure…
Anesthesiology is a remarkably safe procedure, with millions of Americans safely going under each year to receive surgical treatment. The reason why anesthesia procedures are so safe
is because of the hard work and expertise of anesthesia doctors and nurses—an irreplaceable part of safe anesthetization.
Fall of the Machines
In the last few years, there has been a move toward automated sedation devices in certain procedures, such as colonoscopy. The move is seen as a cost-cutting measure to combat increasingly expensive health care costs. A recent move by the industry to abandon use of the first automated sedation device highlights the absolute necessity of anesthesiologists to provide safe and effective care.
The manufacturer of the Sedasys machine recently pulled the device from the market, responding to weak sales. After being initially rejected by the FDA, the agency approved it for use in 2013 for a limited number of procedures. The device allowed a gastroenterologist, instead of an anesthesiologist, to administer propofol to patients undergoing colonoscopies.
Anesthesiologists and patients alike protested the use of the device, arguing that using a machine to provide anesthesia drugs without the supervision of a trained anesthesiologist would put patient safety in jeopardy and also expose doctors to liability. Their arguments swayed the market—the Sedasys machine never caught on, resulting in the decision to discontinue the device.
While anesthesia is remarkably safe, and has gotten even safer in recent years, that safety is dependent on the presence of anesthesia doctors and nurses who understand all aspects of the drugs used in anesthesia, and how to react should complications occur. In medicine, specialization matters, and the services offered by anesthesiologists are irreplaceable.
Why Anesthesiologists Are Needed
Anesthesiologists train for years, learning exactly how anesthesiology drugs affect individual patients. As advances in technology have made it safe to offer anesthesiology to patients who were once ineligible for the procedure, the skill and expertise of these doctors, as well as trained anesthesiology nurses, has become essential to ensuring these patients are safely put under and awakened.
If a procedure hits a bump, who would you rather have monitoring a patient under anesthesiology—a doctor who may be a whiz in his or her area, but with a limited anesthesiology background, or a medical professional who specializes in the field?
With a growing number of medical practices performing procedures requiring anesthesiology in-house, it is imperative for them to use reliable anesthesia service providers to ensure patients get the very best care and to avoid liability. Highly trained anesthesiology staff members are great partners for clinics and medical practices who wish to expand their services to surgical procedures, providing expert advice and care that comes from years of specialized training.
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.