Anesthesia without a trained anesthesiologist

There was an article in the Washington Post: New machine could one day replace anesthesiologists.

I don’t know about that.  The trial is done on “healthy” patients for colonoscopies — a procedure that’s commonly performed under sedation.  What happens when you get an unhealthy patient or a patient who doesn’t have a diagnosed disease (obstructive sleep apnea is pretty common and often comes without a diagnosis at time of surgery)?  What if the patient obstructs or needs an emergent intubation?  I think I’ll keep my friendly anesthesiologist.

Author: Kris

Grew up in a small Texas town. Heavily involved in extracurricular activities: piano, violin, dance (ballet/jazz/tap), tennis, horseback riding (english/western), taekwondo, basketball, soccer, volleyball, percussion, drumline, orchestra, band, mascot, pageants. I had the typical Tiger Mom upbringing. Went to college, medical school, residency, and fellowship. Amidst the ups and downs of life, allow me to share with you my an "ordinary" person who happens to be an MD.

One thought on “Anesthesia without a trained anesthesiologist”

  1. It is amazing that a machine is able to distribute anesthesia. However, I think I would rather have a trained anesthesiologist in this situation as well. You can’t always trust machines. Thanks for sharing!


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