Anaesthesia is an essential service in every hospital, with more anaesthetic consultants than any other single speciality. Although the main role of anaesthetists is to deliver safe anaesthesia to allow surgeons to perform operations, there are many other key areas where anaesthetic skills are in demand.
Anaesthetists have extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of pharmacology, which with their skills in regional anaesthesia makes them the logical choice to manage acute and chronic pain.
These same skills make them essential part of the obstetric team, providing analgesia and anaesthesia on the labour ward.
Anaesthetists are trained to deal with emergencies, and are good at dealing with acute medical problems, especially cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and so have a leading role in intensive care along side other acute physicians.
So what do anaesthetists have to offer to medical students ?
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