Did You Know?
In the 1980s, anesthesiology was the first medical specialty to champion patient safety.
6 out of 10 Americans are unaware that anesthesiologists are physicians:
– Even fewer are aware how they save lives when emergencies arise
Physician anesthesiologists have 12 to 14 years of education and 12,000 to 16,000 hours of clinical training.
There are 3 main types of anesthesia: General, Regional and Local.
Physician anesthesiologists specialize in pain medicine:
– Chronic pain affects more than 100 million American adults
Physician anesthesiologists are experts in controlling labor pain:
– 6 out of 10 women use epidurals to block pain during labor
Physician anesthesiologists are critical care physicians and first on the scene in the event of trauma:
– Among voters, 88% prefer physicians in the event of an emergency
– The presence of a physician anesthesiologist prevented 6.9 excess deaths per 1,000 cases in which an anesthesia or surgical complication occurred
Physician anesthesiologists can be the leaders of the Perioperative Surgical Home – taking care of patients before, during and after surgery. Benefits of PSH:
- Decreased the pharmacy costs
- Decreased the overall costs
- Reduced the length of stay
- Increased the percentage of patients going home rather than to a skilled nursing facility
- Decreased the readmission rates