It’s a busy time for the anesthetist during surgery. Keeping a watchful eye on the patient’s vital signs and being immediately prepared for any of the possibilities that might develop during it are an anesthetist’s prime focus. Each case is unique, whether it’s a scheduled surgery on a healthy patient, an emergency or a critical illness. They all require analytical judgments along with many skills to manage them.
Ron Whitchurch wrote this book to offer a firsthand look, from an anesthetist’s perspective, at what happens in the operating room after patients are anesthetized and what challenges the staff face in keeping them healthy and safe. The episodes he describes are humorous, poignant or tragic, and all of them are compelling.
50 Years in the OR will give readers an intimate sense of what it’s like to be the only person in the OR who knows the heartbeat-to-heartbeat status of a surgical patient at any given moment.