Some people think anesthesiology is a “lonely” occupation. For the most part, we practice independently from others in our specialty. Sure, we have groups and departments, and colleagues on the medical staff, surgeons, nurses, and others we see and work with frequently. We all have our favorite specialists, ones we would send our family members to or see for our own health needs. But when it comes to the actual delivery of an anesthetic, we are often working alone. Even when we are training others or working in a care team model, most of the decisions we make and carry out are done in isolation. To intubate or use an LMA, muscle relaxant or not, narcotics or a block or both – these are the decisions we make on a routine basis. And while we might need more information from the surgeon or the patient, we ultimately decide these things...

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