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.
Jeffrey Apfelbaum, M.D. talked about “the need for more studies to absolutely determine its safety for other procedures." Natalie Azar, M.D., NBC medical consultant, discussed the very narrow indications of the machine, the importance of patient selection and the need for physician-led care. Read more.
"I read with interest Todd Frankel’s May 11 article “New Machine Could One Day Replace Anesthesiologists,” but no technology, no matter how advanced, can replace a physician. The American Society of Anesthesiologists has only one concern about Sedasys, the safety of our patients. All procedures have the potential for unanticipated life-threatening complications. For example, this device cannot treat inadequate brain oxygen from asthma or low blood pressure. There are countless situations that commonly occur requiring rapid responses to prevent patient harm. When seconds count, you need a physician anesthesiologist, not a machine, to intervene immediately to save the patient’s life. With 12 to 14 years of medical education and training, we anticipate, diagnose, evaluate, and treat these complications each and every day. We care for our patients before, during and after surgery and invasive procedures. And while we deliver anesthesia, we monitor and support all of our patient’s life functions, treat their medical conditions, and mitigate their response to surgery and invasive procedures. Physician anesthesiologists safeguard our patients. Your safety, your life: it’s our top priority. While this kind of technology may facilitate our ability to care for patients, it does not have the capacity to deliver medical care." J. P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D. President American Society of Anesthesiologists