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what is the difference between having an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetis for surgery?

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Dr. Alex Lechtman
29 years experience Plastic Surgery
Training: An anesthesiologist is a physician trained to provide anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist is also trained for this but generally must have an anesthesiologist available in case there are problems.
Answered on Apr 5, 2013
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Training and skill: An anesthesiologist is a physician who has gone through medical school and a rigorous training program to be a consultant or specialist in anesthesia. This differs from the relatively brief training that a nurse gets. This difference is highlighted when something goes wrong.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015

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