Anesthetists administer anesthesia that block the sensation of pain for patients undergoing surgery and related procedures. They safely render patients unconscious so that surgeons may perform operations without the patient being aware of them and feeling no pain. They carefully assess a patient’s requirements, administer anesthesia, monitor a patient’s vital signs during surgery and care for any patients who may have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
Anesthetists work in hospitals, day surgeries and at universities. They conduct most of their work in operating theatres or hospital rooms, which have strict hygiene and safety standards. It is important for anesthetists to keep up-to-date on the development of the latest anesthesia and relevant medical technology. Some anesthetists work in teaching environment, or are required to assist in on-the-job training at hospitals. Anesthetists are often on call, so they work irregular hours.
An interest in the well-being of others, a caring attitude
Good communication and people skills
Good hand-eye coordination, precision and accuracy
To work well under high pressure or emergency situations
To be reliable and responsible
Must obtain a Bachelor’s Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University.
Must become a qualified medical practitioner and then specialize in anesthetics