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Physician Anesthesiologists Week Marked by Introduction of California Legislative Resolution

Jan 12, 2015


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Physician Anesthesiologists Week Marked by Introduction of California Legislative Resolution

Week Highlights Important Role of Physician Anesthesiologists in Saving Patient Lives and Managing Care Before, During and After Surgery

Sacramento, CA (January 12, 2015) -- The California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) celebrated Physician Anesthesiologists Week with the introduction of a Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) to commemorate the week of recognition that extends January 11-17, 2015. Senator Richard Pan, MD, introduced SCR 4, which highlights the role of physician anesthesiologists in promoting patient safety and positive health outcomes before, during, and after surgical procedures.

According to a recent study presented in October at the American Society of Anesthesiologists ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, most people know that a physician anesthesiologist puts them to sleep for surgery and wakes them up. But fewer than half of the study participants knew about the other important medical care that these particular doctors provide throughout the entire perioperative surgical period to manage patients’ vital signs and ensure the safest and most comfortable surgery and anesthesia experience.

Paul Yost, MD, president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, stated “Although anesthesia is safer than ever before, there is always the potential for complications. Physician anesthesiologists have a unique role in not only protecting patient safety and health during a procedure, but also working with patients before and after surgery to help them reduce their risk of complications and recover quickly and comfortably.”

SCR 4 notes that there is up to a 20 percent reduction in adverse events when physician anesthesiologists lead the anesthesia care team, and highlights a public opinion survey by the American Medical Association which found that 70 percent of patients want a physician, rather than lower or mid-level provider, in charge of administering and monitoring anesthesia levels.

Physician anesthesiologists have the most extensive training and expertise to help minimize risks, monitor for any problems, and take quick action in response to complications. The resolution states that “During surgeries or procedures, when seconds count, physician anesthesiologists have the highest degree of training to respond to emergencies and ensure the best patient outcomes.”

SCR 4 will now go through the legislative process for approval as committee hearings and floor sessions resume in the 2015 Session.

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4

The California Society of Anesthesiologists is a physician organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of the anesthesiology profession. CSA provides public education, offers valuable resources and insight for anesthesiologists’ practice and engages in healthcare policy-making in California. For more information visit http://www.csahq.org/