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Anaesthetist

Role and key duties

Anaesthetists provide direct medical care to patients requiring general or local anaesthesia for surgical, diagnostic and other procedures such as prevention of pain and maintenance of body function.

Duties may include: performing pre-operative examinations of patients to determine appropriate anaesthetic and sedation in concurrence with internal medicine specialists and surgeons; discussing the anaesthetic process with patients and obtaining their informed consent prior to surgery; administering local, regional and general anaesthetics using a variety of methods such as inhalational and intravenous administration; supervising the transfer of patients to operating theatres, positioning on operating tables, keeping patients warm, and responding quickly and accurately if any problems arise; monitoring patients throughout surgical procedures and in immediate post-operative procedures; recording details of anaesthetic and sedation administered, and the condition of patients before, during and after anaesthesia; and liaising with other health care workers to provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with chronic pain and to diagnose and treat patients requiring intensive care or resuscitation.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and two years of hospital based training and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and two years of hospital based training and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.



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