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does an anesthesiologist have to stay with his patients the whole time while under anesthesia?thanks

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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Anesthesia is continually monitored and so is the patient throughout the entire procedure/surgery.
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
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Dr. Seth Akst
Dr. Seth Akst commented
20 years experience Anesthesiology
While under anesthesia (general, regional or monitored anesthesia care), a patient will be monitored the entire time by a member of the anesthesia care team. That team member may be an attending anesthesiologist, a resident anesthesiologist, an Anesthesiology Assistant, or a CRNA
Mar 16, 2012
Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience Anesthesiology
Constant monitoring: I stay with my patients the entire time they are under anesthesia, and care for only one patient at a time. That is the way my group is set up. In other practices, an anesthesiologist may supervise two or more nurse anesthetists or anesthesiologist assistants, so he or she may be monitoring more than one patient at a time. That is called the anesthesia care team model. Either way is safe.
Answered on Aug 27, 2013
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Dr. Seth Akst
Dr. Seth Akst commented
20 years experience Anesthesiology
While under anesthesia (general, regional or monitored anesthesia care), a patient will be monitored the entire time by a member of the anesthesia care team. That team member may be an attending anesthesiologist, a resident anesthesiologist, an Anesthesiology Assistant, or a CRNA.
Mar 16, 2012
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Not necessarily: Sometimes a nurse trained in anesthesiology will take over after the anesthesiologist md leaves the room. Once the case is not complex and the patient has no medical issues, then a nurse trained in anesthesiology can manage the entire case.
Answered on Dec 24, 2012
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Depends on practice: Either an anesthesiologist will stay with you the entire time, or the anesthesiologist will delegate responsibility to a nurse anesthetists. If this occurs the anesthesiologist will be immediately available for any problems. They will start and finish the anesthetic and monitor it at intervals. Which one that you get depends on location in the us. However, someone will always be there!
Answered on Apr 24, 2015

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