Alleviating pain: The critical role of Anaesthetics in Health Care

Many people may not realize this, but anaesthetists play a critical role in running a hospital. They’re there at the difficult times, when the pain is unbearable, to help the patient find some comfort. In a way, it is the most humane of all medicine specializations.

Think about surgery in the modern times, it would not be possible without anaesthetics. The anaesthetists’ day starts with preoperative assessments of patients scheduled for surgery. And contrary to popular believe, they pay close attention to the patient and the monitoring equipment to spot subtle changes that can make things take a turn for the worst.

Their work varies as much as their patient, from doing epidurals, fibreoptic intubations, obstetric anesthesia, central lines, and nasogastric tubes, to working as part of the trauma and cardiac arrest teams. No two days are the same.

A Master’s in Anaesthetics is a demanding but rewarding program that will prepare you for both ground work and research, as well as working in fast-paced environments such as trauma and emergency rooms, as well as more controlled situations such as planned surgeries. It can be as rewarding as helping chronic pain patients with their everyday struggles or working in a delivery room helping mothers bring a child into the world. Whatever the path you choose, if you feel your calling is to alleviate those in pain, a Master’s in Anaesthetics is the right step going forward.