Southern DHB celebrating National Anaesthesia Day

Have you ever wondered what an anaesthetist does?  Today (Monday 16 October) is National Anaesthesia Day and patients, staff and visitors at Dunedin Hospital have the opportunity to find out more about anaesthesia.

In celebration of the day, members of Dunedin Hospital Anaesthetists team are in the main foyer of the hospital with interactive displays and lots of information about anaesthesia.

“The theme this year of ‘Ageing and Anaesthesia’ is important because the older we get the more likely we are to need a procedure that requires anaesthesia,” says Southern DHB Specialist Anaesthetist Dr Ulla Reymann.

“As patients get older, they have more medical conditions and often are on medications that can complicate their anaesthesia, surgery and recovery.  As anaesthetists we aim to help our patients get as fit as possible prior to surgery, discuss the most suitable form of anaesthesia and guide them safely through surgery.”

The team are in the Dunedin Hospital foyer from 10am to 3pm where there’ll be anaesthetic equipment for the public to look at, as well as the opportunity to have a blood pressure check and a go at ‘ventilating patients’.

Ageing and Anaesthesia – some questions that older patients may wish to discuss with their anaesthetist:

  • How could my medical conditions and medications affect my anaesthesia?
  • Will my memory and thinking be affected by anaesthesia?
  • Is an operation the best option? What are the risks and benefits of an operation and anaesthesia compared with alternative treatment options?
  • How can I prepare for my operation and anaesthetic

For more information about ageing and anaesthesia click here

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