We find that our patients generally only know a small amount about what an Anaethetist actually does. The Australian Society of Anaesthetists. provide very helpful information on this, summarised with thanks below.
What is Anaesthesia?
‘Anaesthesia’ is derived from the Greek word that basically means ‘without sensation’. In the medical world, this term is used to describe the process a patient experiences when having a surgery or other medical procedure. An anaesthetic involves three different things – unconsciousness, amnesia and analgesia (pain relief).
Who are Anaesthetists?
Anaesthetists, like your surgeon, are medical specialists who have completed several years of medicine at university, internship and residency. They have then specialised in anaesthesia for a minimum of another 5 years. Having passed two exams set by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists they are able to practice as specialist anaesthetists.
The anaesthetic training program in Australia is recognised as one of the most comprehensive, rigorous and respected programs in the world. Many Australian anaesthetists spend more than the required five years of training, either sub-specialising or obtaining other medical degrees or diplomas.
In terms of anaesthetic complications and outcomes Australia is arguably the safest place in the world to have an anaesthetic.