Saturday, July 18, 2009
Stress of being an anesthesiologist
I published a link below to a wonderful post by the Anesthesioboist blog. It accurately describes the pressure anesthesiologists go through during the day. So many people, and doctors, think anesthesiologists just sit around and read the Wall Street Journal every day. But when a bad situation arises in our field, it is always a life and death event. An adverse outcome in anesthesia usually means the patient has died, has been trached, or has aspirated. It's never as simple as "doctor, my mom has trouble sleeping at night. Can you give her something for that?" Bravo to the Anesthesioboist for saving the patient in a difficult situation. We can hope that all anesthesiologists we work with are as skilled as her.