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||certification, consciousness, crucial, epidural, intensive, regional, residency, sedation, tumor, unconscious, internship, intelligent, extensive, difficulty, medication, nausea
||Medical Licensing, American Board
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Malcolm needed to have his tonsils removed. He was very scared. He was 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 condition 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. She kept track of Frank's vital signs. She made decisions about the proper amount 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. Maria 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 ability to feel pain in an area of the body 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.
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