Anesthesia for Non-Anesthesiologists

Gregory Rose and J. Thomas McLarney (Editors)
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA

Series: New Developments in Medical Research
BISAC: MED006000

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Anesthesiology is one of the least understood medical specialties. The drugs and equipment are specialized to a point where physicians in other fields have little knowledge of how they work. Moreover, the specific techniques and concerns of anesthesiologists regarding patient care are scarcely known outside of the specialty.

Most physicians have had a paltry amount of training in anesthesia, if any at all. Within many medical schools, there is no requirement to rotate in anesthesiology; if required, the rotation is seen sometimes as a means to practice intubations and place IVs for a period of two to four weeks, instead of actually learning anesthesia techniques and practices.

As their role in patient care has stretched outside of the operating room, anesthesiologists have found that there is often frustration and even conflict in dealing with other specialties that do not understand the concerns and necessities that accompany this practice. Why is NPO important? Why does the patient need to see a cardiologist pre-operatively? Why would the patient benefit from using Drug A vs Drug B? These questions come up not only in the operating room, but on the obstetrical floor, in the endoscopy suite, in the critical care units and elsewhere.

It is the authors’ hope that this book, Anesthesia for Non-Anesthesiologists, will help to decrease such problems. With chapters written by a variety of anesthesiologists and subspecialty clinicians at a major teaching hospital, and edited by experienced academic physicians, the target audience for this work includes physicians, medical residents, and students who wish to understand how anesthesiologists think and why they think as they do. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Foreword

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. The Scope of Anesthesia
Gregory L. Rose (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 2. Preanesthetic Evaluation
J. Thomas McLarney (Anesthesiology Preoperative and Preprocedural Assessment Clinic, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 3. Anesthetic Drugs for the Non-Anesthesiologist
Jeffrey Oldham (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 4. Pediatric Anesthesia for the Non-Anesthesiologist
Raeford E. Brown, Jr. (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 5. Obstetric Anesthesia for the Non-Anesthesiologist
Lori C. Kral Barton (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 6. Chronic Pain Management
Benjamin J. Sloop (Division of Chronic Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 7. Anesthesiologist Intensivists: Critical Care Anesthesiology
Habib Srour (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 8. NPO Guidelines
Brooke A. Bauer (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 9. The History of Nurse Anesthesia
Charles Jonathan Fletcher (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 10. Malignant Hyperthermia, the “Disease of Anesthesia”
Gregory L. Rose, J. Thomas McLarney, Zaki-Udin Hassan, and Raeford E. Brown, Jr. (Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Index

Most physicians have only a small rotation in anesthesiology if at all during their time in medical school, and so their exposure to concepts in the specialty is minimal. Therefore there is often confusion between anesthesiologists and other specialties over points of patient care. The target audience for his work is the physician, medical resident, and student who wish to understand how we as anesthesiologists think and why we think the way we do.

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