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What is Anesthesia?
An anesthetic (anaesthetic), is a drug that causes anesthesia — reversible loss of sensation. They contrast with analgesics (painkillers), which relieve pain without eliminating sensation. These drugs are generally administered to facilitate surgery.
ANESTHESIA CAREER SPOTLIGHT
Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs) are highly skilled health professionals who work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. Anesthesiologist Assistants work exclusively within the anesthesia care team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. An Anesthesiologist Assistant may not practice outside the field of anesthesia or apart from the supervision of an anesthesiologist. - ASA
The specific job descriptions and duties of Anesthesiologist Assistants may differ according to local practice. State law or board of medicine regulations or guidelines may further define the job descriptions of Anesthesiologist Assistants . The constant ingredient, no matter what the local regulation, is that Anesthesiologist Assistants always practice under the medical direction of a qualified anesthesiologist.
Anesthesiologist assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists are both defined as "non-physician anesthetists" within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services section of the Code of Federal Regulations.