Anesthesia without a trained anesthesiologist

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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.

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1 comments 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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