What Is An Anaesthetist?

An Anaesthetist is a fully qualified medical doctor, who has undergone further specialist training for several years to be responsible for delivering many forms of anaesthesia to patients requiring operations and procedures. They are also responsible at the same time for the safety and well-being of the patient. This involves supporting a patient's vital signs, ensuring the patient is hydrated, warm and comfortable at the conclusion of the procedure. In addition, anaesthetists have a range of practice which extends beyond anaesthesia for surgery to include pain management and intensive care.

After completing a medical degree and several years of general hospital training, an anaesthetist spends 5 years undergoing specialist training with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, gaining professional knowledge and expert skills in the speciality of anaesthesia.


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