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Challenges and Advancement in Anesthesia Field

Mindray 19 May 2022

 

Challenges and Advancement in Anesthesia Field

Dr. Bala Bhaskar Swaminathan

Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, VIMS Ballari, Karnataka

Past President, Indian Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) National Section Editor, Indian Journal of Anesthesia (IJA)

“ Anesthesia machines are technologically more advanced, which gives us alarms in critical situations and helps us observe mistakes that can be corrected and the patient is managed successfully ”

Anesthesia is one of the pre-eminent fields in medicine. The last few years have brought remarkable advancement and innovative developments to the clinical field, which has significantly improved the quality of perioperative care provided to patients

We are honored to talk to the leading anesthesiologist in India, Professor Bala Bhaskar Swaminathan, in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, VIMS Ballari, Karnataka. With extensive clinical and research experience in the field, his views on “challenges and advancement in the Anesthesia field” bring more inspiration to us.

Dr. Bala Bhaskar Swaminathan shares his views on “Challenges and advancement in Anesthesia field”.

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE TO ANESTHESIA?

Anesthesiologists are the only medical professionals who probably deal with the patient’s life directly, unlike other specialists. Changes happen in a patient’s condition quickly and anesthesiologists are trained to ensure the patient’s recovery. They also ensure that patient leaves safely after major surgeries like cardiac arrest and other dangerous events.

We are honored to talk to the leading anesthesiologist in India, Professor Bala Bhaskar Swaminathan, in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, VIMS Ballari, Karnataka. With extensive clinical and research experience in the field, his views on “challenges and advancement in the Anesthesia field” bring more inspiration to us.

Dr. Bala Bhaskar Swaminathan shares his views on “Challenges and advancement in Anesthesia field”.

HOW CAN PATIENT MONITORS HELP ANESTHESIOLOGIST?

Anesthesiology is gradually relying on the skilled use of advanced technology. It involves a complex system of an anesthetized patient, technology and people and hence demands high levels of safety. Since the 1990s we are now getting more and more Monitors to witness that the patient is managed safely. One of the major problems in the medical field is human errors causing complications and death. World Health Organization (WHO) has a protocol intended to reduce the risk of errors which has resulted in a drastic reduction in human errors leading to saving more lives. But we were unable to bring down these human errors to below a certain level.

The Patient monitors have been very helpful in this area of clinical practice. A Patient monitoring system allowed the medical experts to monitor and report all vital signs of patients effortlessly. Various clinical monitors, Patient Monitors including pulse oximetry, ECG monitor, and other advanced Monitors helped in improving patient outputs and safety. We can divide the Monitors into advances in anesthesia delivery and advances in monitoring.

HOW HAS ANESTHESIA ADVANCED IN RECENT YEARS?

Due to the advancements in the delivery of anesthesia, we have sophisticated Anesthesia Workstations now. It would be difficult to cover all the recent advances in the field of anesthesia in one editorial, but we will mention some here. Firstly, we have safer, newer anesthesia drugs and agents available nowadays. Now anesthesia machines are technologically more advanced and equipped with alerts and alarms helping us monitor our patients even in critical situations.

Secondly, we have new technologies for monitoring the patient not only during surgical procedure but also in pre-operative and post operative departments. There have been improvements in pulse oximetry and most importantly assessing the depth of Anesthesia. Accurate assessment of the depth of anesthesia contributes to tailoring drug administration to the patient, thus improving patients’ outcome. We are also witnessing revolutionary point-of-care devices. All these have helped us bring down morbidity and mortality.

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY DURING ANESTHESIA?

Monitoring is an essential component of anesthesia care. Perioperative complications and death are major health issues that can be prevented by the Surgical Safety Checklists provided by WHO. The systematic use of checklists can reduce perioperative morbidity and mortality. To improve patient safety, certain safety features must be incorporated in anesthesia machine such as setting of oxygen flow below levels which can be dangerous for the patient should not be allowed. This will prevent hypoxia condition in patient. The machine should have features for monitoring anesthetic agents, to measure the concentration of inhalational and exhalation agent & we should assess the depth of anesthesia to ensure the patients safety.

WHAT IS THE TREND OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL INDUSTRY?

The developed countries have already adopted advances practices and are way ahead whereas developing countries still need to follow suit. The world of healthcare is transforming through continuous innovation. We are witnessing new digital solutions allowing clinicians to access patient data anytime and anywhere. Developing countries need seamless integration of all semi-urban/urban hospitals to ensure better care and real-time services to multiple care centers regardless of their locations. We need data security to help healthcare providers collect and exchange patient healthcare information more efficiently. In the coming years, we will have an efficient patient data sharing system that is going to guide patient management even in remote areas. We need IT solutions incorporating clinical assistive/ AI applications, helping doctors to access massive amount of clinical data to easily predict, prevent & diagnose many diseases. Developing countries need to invest in developing tools like hospital management systems, cloud storage, and AI technologies to cover the vast gap of quality healthcare expertise between rural and urban areas. Healthcare will become safer with all these technologies. That is the future!