Just as anesthesiologists can feel rushed to provide care, they can also feel coerced to provide care to patients that are not qualified candidates for anesthesia care. For example, at a surgeon or facility’s insistence, an anesthesiologist may feel pressured to sedate someone with an inappropriate BMI who, for safety reasons, should be referred to another facility.
Some surgeons adopt a possessive attitude towards their patients and feel that whatever they say should be carried out without question, leaving many anesthesiologists hesitant to speak up about a patient’s condition until they detect severe or pre arrest symptoms. Anesthesia providers have a duty and a responsibility to that patient as well. If anesthesiologists don’t voice their concerns and there’s an injury or malpractice suit, it’s ultimately their license, reputation, and money on the line.