While the world observes the World Anaesthesia Day, the fraternity of anaesthesiologists strive for awareness among the masses about the importance of anesthesia and anaesthesiologist pre and post any surgical intervention.

Though the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists have launched an advocacy campaign for the occasion called 'Safe Anaesthesia for Everybody' to emphasize safety during the administration of anesthesia, some anaesthesiologists have been working hard to spread awareness among the masses about their role and importance.

"Still most of the patients think that the job of an anaesthesiologist is just to administer anesthesia before any surgery to numb or desensitize a specific part of the body," said MC Panwar, retired chief anaesthesiologist of the Railway Hospital.


Recommended By Colombia I have said that there are plenty of suspicions, myths and misconceptions among the people about anaesthesia besides unawareness and in order to address them, he has been talking to patients and doctors, disseminating material and holding events.

"It is usual that while going to a surgery, to patient or his relatives inquire about the surgeon. But they never have any idea that anaesthesiologist has an equal or even greater role in any surgery, both before and after the surgery, "Panwar said. With this objective in mind,

Perioperative care

Several studies, both in India and abroad, have also emphasized on the continuous interaction with the people about the nature of work and importance of anesthesia. Trauma in charge of the MDM Hospital, Vikas Rajpurohit said that there is a little awareness that it is the anesthesiologist, who is behind the perioperative care including keeping the vitals stable and pain management etc.

"The importance of the anaesthesia is recognized in every part of medicine and this could be recognized that there are 5 DM courses in anesthesia, which are highest in a single stream," said Rajpurohit. The department of anesthesia of SN Medical College here is also holding to 'nukkad natak' to spread awareness about anesthesia and its role in modern medicine.