More than 50 million surgeries are performed every year, and physician anesthesiologists play a critical role before, during and after procedures. Patient safety is always our top priority.
Anesthesia is safer than ever before, but there is always a potential for complications and side effects. It’s essential that a physician anesthesiologist lead the anesthesia care team, because when an emergency or complication does occur and seconds count, we have the training and expertise to help minimize risks, monitor for any problems and take quick action. This is especially important for patients who may be at greater risk because of their age, poor health or certain medical conditions.
There are many things patients can do to make their anesthesia even safer, reduce their risk of complications and recover quickly from surgery. All patients should talk with their physician anesthesiologist and surgeon before surgery, ask questions about their procedure and anesthesia care, and share information about their health history that will allow the team to provide the safest care possible.
Drs. Pat Allaire, Joseph Cassady, Jr., Scott Paulsen, Mark Sundet and Bradley Wargo recently meet with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst in Washington D.C.