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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 2, 2018 03:33 PM
From: Representative Jim Christiana
To: All House members
Subject: Physician Anesthesiologist Week - January 28 to February 3, 2018

I am introducing a House Resolution designating the week of January 28 to February 3, 2018 as “Physician Anesthesiologist Week”.

Annually in the United States, more than 100 million operations and procedures are performed with anesthesia and physician anesthesiologists play a critical role in a patient’s well-being before, during, and after surgical procedures and make patient safety their top priority; and

Physician anesthesiologists have the highest levels of training and must complete between 12,000 and 16,000 hours of training prior to practicing independently; and

A physician anesthesiologist’s duties include evaluating a patient’s current health prior to receiving anesthesia to ensure the best outcome, administering anesthesia, monitoring the patient during surgery, and assessing the patient after the procedure is completed; and

This spectrum of patient care constitutes the perioperative surgical home. The American Society of Anesthesiologists has identified the perioperative surgical home as an innovative model of patient care where the physician anesthesiologist directs the anesthesia care team to provide support to the patient throughout all aspects of surgical care procedures and beyond; and

Anesthesia is safer than ever before, yet there remains potential for complications and side effects during procedures, and physician anesthesiologists have the training and expertise to help minimize these risks, monitor for any problems, and take quick action; and

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; and

The Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists is a physician organization with over 1,400 members dedicated to promoting the highest standards of the profession of anesthesiology, fostering excellence through continuing medical education, and serving as an advocate for anesthesiologists and their patients.

Thank you and I hope you will consider joining me in support of this resolution.

Introduced as HR640