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Don’t Always Blame Anesthesia For Problems In The OR

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 4:52am
ANESTHESIOBOIST T., M.D.

People blame anesthesia personnel for everything. You name it, they blame us for it. They call us by the umbrella name “Anesthesia” and if there’s a problem, it’s always “Anesthesia’s” fault.

Got into the room late? Blame Anesthesia. (Even though the anesthetist’s been sitting at the bedside for twenty minutes waiting for the surgeon or the nurses to be ready.)

Patient craving ice cream when she woke up? Must be Anesthesia’s fault.

No more coffee in the break room? It’s because of Anesthesia.

Think I’m exaggerating? Spend a day in any O.R. in the country and count how many times someone says, “It’s because of Anesthesia.”

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