Some not so well known medical facts…
Which doctor is most likely to be involved when you/your loved ones suffer from below medical conditions?
1. Acute Stroke with difficulty in breathing and needing oxygen and blood flow to the vulnerable brain?
2. Heart attack needing emergent restarting of your heart which has stopped pumping blood?
3. Acute trauma needing rapid intravenous fluids (saline) and blood transfusion?
4. Acute asthmatic attack needing oxygen to sustain life?
5. Road traffic accident needing emergent stabilization of your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen to the brain?
6. Who do you think monitors your heart, lungs, brain and other vital organs of the body when the surgeon is busy operating on you/your loved ones?
7. Who do you think assesses and replaces the blood lost during surgery so that you do not suffer any adverse consequences?
8. Who do you think puts you to sleep during anxious major/minor surgery, maintains the asleep state till surgery is over and brings back your consciousness after surgery is over? (Imagine what if you fail to wake up; scary right?)
9. Do you know who controls your respiration when you undergo surgery when you are not able to breathe on your own?
10. Who do you think maintains your heart rate and blood pressure minute by minute when operation is performed on you so that you can withstand major surgery?
11. Do you know how painful surgery can be and who takes care of pain when you are not even aware how your body is cut open for surgery?
12. Do you know who takes care of you round the clock in ICUs when you/your beloved ones are admitted for critical illness?
13. Who do you think is most discredited when something goes wrong during operation but conspicuously ignored during success stories in surgery?
14. Is this doctor who does all these things for you/your family ever credited (enough) for things he/she does?
It is time to know who is most likely to be there to care for you/your loved ones when you/they are in these and many more situations. Some other specialists like emergency physician/intensivists/others also care for you during your time of distress, but in our country most often you will find physician with anesthesia background who cater to these requirements!!
IT IS TIME you know how they contribute to your well-being during your crisis period!
We Care When You Are Not Aware!!
What are the other roles anaesthesiologist plays?
Anaesthesiologists are the doctors who are trained and also provide training to medical, paramedical and non-medical personnel (traffic police, fire brigade, home guards, students, and interested groups/volunteers from public) in delivering primary lifesaving skills on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during emergencies
Critical or Intensive Care:
Intensive care unit (ICU) is a highly specialized and crucial part of the hospital system which deals with the most critical and life threatening conditions affecting the patient. Usually a patient requires ICU care when he is in need to life support systems for lungs, heart, kidney etc or in need of close monitoring due to constant threat to his life or to stabilize patient in the postoperative period after complicated surgery. The knowledge and skills that anaesthesiologist possesses in dealing with highly dynamic changes in patient’s physiology during surgery and strong grasp on ventilator and hemodynamic management, makes him well suited to take care for patients in the ICU as well. Most of the intensivists therefore have a background in anaesthesia and thus anaesthesiologists contribute significantly to the current trained manpower of ICUs in India.
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Anaesthesiologists are trained and experienced in managing acute pain during and after surgery. This experience and knowledge has also enabled anaesthesiologist to extend his services for the management of chronic pain conditions like cancer pain, neuropathic pain, spinal pain, labor pain etc.
Pain experienced during labor is described as the most severe pain experienced by women. It is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix. This pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, and back. It is possible to alleviate this pain by various pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods. Anaesthesiologist plays a vital role in relieving pain, hemodynamic changes and anxiety associated with child birth. Kindly consult your anaesthesiologist for pain relieving options best suited for you.