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In an aging society, the role of the anesthesiologist is gaining importance

MedExpress Team

Published April 9, 2024 08:00

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Prof. Janusz Andres, head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Jagiellonian University, president of the Polish Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, initiator of the "Safe Patient" campaign, talks about the differences between anesthesia and sedation and new drugs in anesthesiology.

What is the difference between sedation and anesthesia?

Any medical intervention is an art, and I would say that anesthesiological intervention is, I won't brag, a high-end art. Why? Because we have drugs that are significantly different from drugs commonly used in society. It's hard for me to find a blunt comparison here to show these differences, but anesthesia drugs are like an atomic bomb compared to other weapons a soldier has. That's kind of half joking half serious. Why is this so? Anesthesiological drugs or agents are getting newer, but they have a very low therapeutic index, i.e. if a cardiologist or internist, or any other specialty doctor, prescribes a double or triple do...

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