Anesthesiology is a medical specialty that provides medical care to patients in a wide variety of often acute situations. This includes delivering anesthesia during surgical procedures, caring for critically ill patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU) or managing medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and in trauma care. Anesthesiologistst work either in-hospital or in the public domain, termed 'pre-hospital medicine, in so-called Mobile Medical Teams.
Anesthesiologists are responsible for ensuring the delivery of anesthesia safely to patients in virtually all health care settings, including all major medical tertiary care facilities. This includes a preoperative evaluation, consultation with the surgical team, creating a plan for the anesthesia tailored to each individual patient, airway management, intraoperative life support and provision of pain control, intraoperative diagnostic stabilization, and proper post-operative management of all patients. Preparation of patients for emergency surgery are mandatory, essential, and critical skills that anesthesiologists have been trained to employ. Anesthesiologists utilize their extensive knowledge of human physiology and diseases to guide their patients safe through all kinds of interventional procedures.
The department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Palliative Care also provides care for patients with acute and chronic pain conditions and is involved in palliative care. The department is a strong advocate for a so-called multidisciplinary approach of these often very complicated patients.
Research of the department Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Palliative Care has five main research subjects:
- Perception and Action
- Pathogenesis and modulation of inflammation
- Effective primary care and public health and public health
- Genetic and Metabolic Diseases