Anesthetists (also sometimes called anesthesiologists) are medical doctors who specialize in
anesthesiology, which is the use of pain-blocking techniques or medicines
(anesthetics) during surgery and other medical procedures.
An anesthetist may administer medicine that numbs the area
of the body where a procedure is being performed (local or regional
anesthesia), inject medicine into the spinal canal to numb an area of the body
(spinal or epidural anesthesia), or make sure a person is unconscious and
pain-free during a procedure (general anesthesia) while also monitoring heart
rate, breathing, and blood pressure. Anesthetists can further specialize in critical care
medicine, pain management, pediatrics, or obstetrics.
Anesthetists are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
October 11, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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