What is an anaesthetist

What is an anaesthetist

“A specialist anaesthetist is a fully qualified medical doctor who, after obtaining their medical degree, has spent at least two years working in the hospital system before completing a further five years of training in anaesthesia.”

Clinical anaesthesia has grown on the knowledge of how the human body works and how medications work within the body. Anaesthetists have a large scale of understanding regarding medicine and science. They know how an individual’s body may react and from there are able to puzzle together what is best for the patient before, during and after their procedure. Not only do anaesthetists have to put patients into a controlled unconscious state but they have a vital role in resuscitation of patients who have experienced acute trauma and assist in those experiencing chronic pain. They are also used for childbirth as a source of pain relief.

The training to become a specialist anaesthetist is equivalent in length to surgeons. Before fully qualified they are required to go through a number of written and verbal assessments and exams to make sure they are competent and capable. It is important specialist anaesthetists continue to keep their qualifications up to date via regularly run CPD sessions, which stands for continuing professional development. This is supported by The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

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