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.
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ZMD, thank you for linking to my post and for your supportive remarks! I am deeply honored. You know from being there yourself that our skills only take us so far; the collaboration of a great team really helps those skills bear fruit, and I was happy to have that during that situation.ReplyDelete
On a totally different subject, I wanted to applaud when I read your post regarding MJ and Propofol. I agree it would be ludicrous to hamper our use of such a great drug by imposing restrcitions, and that rather, the irresponsible physicians in MJ's case should be prosecuted.
It is indeed stressful to be an anesthesiologists. At FGTBA, our certified Anesthesiologists and CRNA's undergo unmeasurable pressure day in and out. At the end it is a question of life and we do see them take immense precaution for the same.ReplyDelete
Excellent article. Thanks for the link. It was truly an eye opener.ReplyDelete
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. JohnReplyDelete