June 3, 2016 by
Warning: Illegal string offset 'filter' in /home2/locumten/public_html/locums360.com/wp-includes/taxonomy.php on line 1409
Locum Tenens Anesthesiologists are the physicians responsible for administering general or regional anesthesia, which allows surgeons and other physicians to complete invasive procedures with little to no discomfort to the patient. Anesthesiologists also closely monitor a patient’s vital signs and critical life functions before, during and after a surgery – making rapid decisions on limited data when required. To say that the profession is stressful is an understatement.
Anesthesia is often portrayed as going to sleep, but J.P. Abenstein, president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and associate professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Medical School, explains that general anesthesia is more akin to a powerful drug-induced coma. Anesthesiologists typically administer a combination of intravenous drugs and inhaled gasses to render a patient unconscious and pain-free. For operations on the head, chest or abdomen, anesthesiologists also have to support a patient’s breathing with a breathing tube. So it’s no wonder that Abenstein describes the job like this: “An anesthesiologist keeps a patient alive during an invasive procedure that would otherwise kill them.”
Anesthesiologists may also employ sedation, in which medication is administered intravenously to calm the patient. With regional anesthesia, as opposed to general, anesthesiologists inject medications near a knot of nerves to prevent pain signals from traveling to the brain — in other words, numb a certain part of the body. Patients who are given regional anesthesia are awake, although they may also be sedated intravenously, which helps them relax, feel drowsy or even sleep, depending on the level of sedation.
Abenstein says the breadth of the profession has dramatically expanded in the last decade. Anesthesiologists still work in hospital operating rooms, but their expertise is also needed in other places, including invasive radiology, gastrointestinal endoscopy, electrophysiology and more. In fact, the profession is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2024, with 7,100 new jobs.