Physician anesthesiologists are guardians of patient safety, uniquely educated and trained for the critical moments in health care — in the operating room, in the delivery room, in the intensive care unit, and in a crisis. No other type of practitioner can match their ability to navigate life-and-death moments in patient care. Physician anesthesiologists are made for these moments.
As medical doctors, physician anesthesiologists specialize in anesthesia care, pain management, and critical care medicine, bringing the knowledge required to treat the entire body. Their education and training includes 12 to 14 years of education, including medical school, and 12,000 to 16,000 hours of clinical training to specialize in anesthesia care and pain control.1 Removing physician supervision from anesthesia in surgery lowers the standard of care and jeopardizes patients’ lives.
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Removing physician supervision from anesthesia care in surgery jeopardizes patient safety. A physician anesthesiologist’s education and training can mean the difference between life and death when a medical complication occurs.
In fact, physician anesthesiologists often prevent complications by using their diagnostic skills to evaluate a patient’s overall health, and identify and respond to underlying medical conditions. They evaluate, monitor, and supervise patient care before, during, and after surgery, delivering anesthesia, leading the Anesthesia Care Team, and ensuring optimal patient safety.
Nurse anesthetists are qualified members of an Anesthesia Care Team, but they can’t replace a physician and have about half the education and only 2,500 hours of clinical training.