Surgery

Steps outlined to reduce postop delirium in older adults

(HealthDay)—In an article published online Jan. 4 in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, six recommendations are presented that can be implemented by anesthesiologists and their partners to reduce the incidence of delirium.

Medical economics

Out-of-network claims fairly common for elective colonoscopy

(HealthDay)—Out-of-network claims were incurred by 12.1 percent of commercially insured patients who underwent elective colonoscopy between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the Annals of Internal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Anesthesiologists shift practice from OR to ICU during pandemic

(HealthDay)—During the current new coronavirus pandemic, a large number of physician anesthesiologists pivoted from working in the operating room to treating COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, according to the results ...

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Anesthesiologist

An anesthesiologist (US English) or anaesthetist (British English) is a physician trained in anesthesia and peri-operative medicine.

However, in the United Kingdom, the term anaesthetist has a broader context and can include both medical and non-medical practitioners—although the latter are often referred to as anaesthetic practitioners. The source further defines an anesthesiologist in the USA as a physician who completes an accredited residency program in anesthesiology, usually four years following medical school. Training in other countries is significantly longer. A nurse anesthetist is a nurse who has acquired graduate-level education and board certification in anesthesia, and may work under the supervision of a physician. Anesthesiologists may administer anesthesia directly or as part of an anesthesia team consisting of nurse anesthetists or anesthesiologist assistants.

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