Anesthesia is a state of controlled, temporary unconsciousness. It is induced by administering an anesthetic drug through inhalation, intravenous injection, or topical application. The anesthesia can be local, which numbs a small area; regional, which numbs a larger area; or general, which leads to total body anesthesia. Anesthesiologists like Dr. Brian Blick have done extensive research in the field to provide the patients with the safest experience.
Dr. Blick grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and businesspeople, so medicine was an obvious choice for him. After attending the University of Central Oklahoma, he studied biology and chemistry while majoring in both disciplines at Ross University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 2013 from Ross University School of Medicine.
How does it work?
The exact mechanisms of how anesthesia works are not fully understood. However, it is thought that the drugs used in anesthesia disrupt the communication between neurons in the brain. This disruption prevents the brain from processing pain signals from the rest of the body.
What are the risks?
The main risks associated with anesthesia are complications from the administration of the drugs, reactions to the drugs, and anesthesia awareness (waking up during surgery).
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects of anesthesia include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, and fatigue. These side effects are usually mild and resolve within a few hours. more serious side effects are rare but can include: stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death.
The responsibilities of an anesthesiologist:
- Anesthesiologists are responsible for the safety and well-being of their patients before, during, and after surgery.
- They work closely with surgeons and other members of the surgical team to ensure that the patient’s anesthesia is well-tolerated and that they remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
- When administering anesthesia, anesthesiologists must constantly monitor their patients’ vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.
- They also monitor the patient’s level of consciousness and pain level.
- After surgery, anesthesiologists provide care for their patients in the recovery room. They assess the patient’s vital signs and level of consciousness.
- They also provide pain relief and monitor for any complications.
- Anesthesiologists must be able to react quickly and effectively to any changes in their patients’ conditions.
- They must also be able to deal with the stress of working in a fast-paced, sometimes chaotic environment.
Results of failure of an anesthesiologist:
If an anesthesiologist fails to properly monitor their patient’s vital signs, they may not be able to react quickly enough to changes in the patient’s condition. This can lead to serious complications, including brain damage or death.Anesthesiologists must also be careful to avoid errors when administering anesthesia. If too much or too little of the drug is given, it can result in serious side effects or even death.
There are a variety of drugs that can be used for anesthesia, depending on the type of procedure being performed and the patient’s individual needs. The dosage and type of drug will be determined by the anesthesiologist. Some common types of drugs used for anesthesia include general anesthetics, neuromuscular blocking agents, and local anesthetics.