Anesthesia's Vital Role in Cancer Care: Celebrating World Anesthesia Day 2023!
World Anesthesia Day is celebrated annually on October 16th, commemorating the birth of anesthesia! On this day in 1846, anesthesia was first administered to a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital, transforming the world of surgery forever.
Hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, this year's celebration revolves around the theme "Anesthesia and Cancer Care," recognizing Anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for their exceptional contributions to cancer care.
The Vital Role of Anesthesia in Cancer Care
- Optimizing Surgery: Cancer patients often require surgery to remove tumors or conduct other essential procedures. Anesthesia ensures that these surgeries are performed in a timely manner, safely, and effectively, minimizing the patient's discomfort.
- Pain Management: Anesthesiologists and CRNAs are crucial in managing post-operative pain for cancer patients. Adequate pain control is vital for their recovery and comfort.
- Complex Procedures: Some cancer surgeries are highly complex and lengthy. Anesthesia teams are responsible for monitoring the patient's vital signs, managing fluid levels, and ensuring the patient's stability throughout the procedure.
Anesthesiology Shortages and Rising Cancer Cases
- By 2033, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of 12,500 anesthesiologists, nearly 30% of the current staff.
- It is estimated that 30,200 new APRNs in master's and doctoral programs will be required annually through 2031 to meet the rising demand for care.
- In 2023, approximately 1,958,310 new cancer cases are projected to occur in the United States.
- Up to 80% of patients with cancer will need anesthesia for diagnostic, therapeutic, or palliative intervention.
Ensuring proper cancer care during anesthesia staffing shortages is a significant challenge in the healthcare industry. When staff shortages arise, locum tenens anesthesiologists and locum tenens CRNAs are a critical component in supporting and maintaining high standards of care for cancer patients.
Partnering with a trusted locum tenens staffing agency like Medicus not only expedites the process of bridging provider gaps but also ensures that patients receive care in a timely manner, mitigating the potential for treatment delays. In addition, this partnership can play a pivotal role in alleviating burnout amongst permanent staff, fostering a more positive work culture by distributing the workload and offering essential respite and support.
Tune in for the World Anesthesia Day 2023 (WAD2023) Webinar Special!
To commemorate World Anesthesia Day 2023 (WAD2023), we invite you to join a special webinar featuring internationally renowned experts. From 12-1 p.m. EST, experts will discuss the pivotal role of anesthesia in cancer care, shedding light on the remarkable contributions of anesthesiologists and CRNAs in cancer care. To learn more about the webinar and registration, click here.
Thank you, Anesthesiologists and CRNAs!
At Medicus, we are honored to partner with so many incredible locum tenens anesthesiologists and locum tenens CRNAs! We thank you for the skills, compassion, and expertise you bring to areas needing safe, quality anesthesia care! As we celebrate World Anesthesia Day, we encourage you to stay connected through social media, using the hashtags #WAD2023, #WorldAnesthesiaDay, and #Oncoanesthesia to stay engaged!
Are you interested in learning more about the anesthesiology shortage? View our Anesthesia Provider Shortage White Paper here!