Anesthesiologist, do they get sued a lot?
Some of it has to do with the fact that when a suit is served, pretty much any doc, nurse, whatever, is named in the suit, and anesthesiologists are working with lots of different surgeons every day. This exposure to multiple surgeons/patients/cases also exposes us to anything that happens to any of them. I still don't think that we are sued all that often, though.
As far as anesthesia itself, complications in anesthesia are not really all that common. I think it's really that most of the complications involving anesthesiologists are either very minor (the great majority - sore throats, chipped tooth, etc.) or very major (very infrequent - death, brain damage) and not much in between. Still, a major complication like that is not something anyone wants - for the patient or themselves.
To become an anesthesiologist, you need to complete your pre-med requirements in college (usually 4 years), 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of anesthesiology residency training. You can also do fellowships for another year or two if you want to specialize in pediatrics, cardiac, pain management, critical care, etc.
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