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Anesthesiologists
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     challenging words:    certification, consciousness, crucial, epidural, intensive, regional, residency, sedation, tumor, unconscious, internship, intelligent, extensive, difficulty, medication, nausea
     content words:    Medical Licensing, American Board


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Anesthesiologists
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Malcolm needed to have his tonsils removed. He was very scared and worried about the pain. An anesthesiologist met with Malcolm and his parents. He explained what would happen before, during, and after the surgery. When it was time for the surgery, he had Malcolm's mother come into the operating room until Malcolm was "asleep" and ready for surgery. During surgery, Malcolm's condition was constantly monitored by the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist also stayed with Malcolm in the recovery room until Malcolm was awake and out of danger.
 
2     Frank is a newborn baby who needs open heart surgery. Frank is tiny and his health is critical. He can't speak for himself. An anesthesiologist explained all the risks to his parents. During the very long surgery, the anesthesiologist was an important part of the team keeping track of vital signs and making constant decisions about amounts of anesthesia for the tiny newborn.
 
3     Maria is thirty years old. She's having her first baby. She's in the hospital. When she became more uncomfortable, an anesthesiologist was brought in. She doesn't want to feel the pain, but she wants to be awake for the delivery. The anesthesiologist administers an epidural. This is an example of regional anesthesia, where the patient loses the strong pain but is still awake. Maria felt much better.
 
4     Courtney was having a tumor removed. She needed to be unconscious for the surgery but she was concerned about the side effects of anesthesia. She had been very sick to her stomach when she woke up after her last operation. Her anesthesiologist was able to use a different anesthesia and provide her with additional medication to keep her nausea down. She felt much better this time around.
 
5     An anesthesiologist is a very important part of a surgical team. His or her job is to work with the patient and other doctors to relieve pain during surgery. The job is crucial to a patient's life. Anesthesia does incredible things for pain but always involves a risk to a person's life even during the most routine surgery. A negative change in a person's blood pressure or heart rate can be life threatening.

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