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As an Anesthesiologist Technician how do you deal with stress in fast paced environments?

I would really like to know how anyone in the field of Anesthesiology deal with stress on the job as an Anesthesiologist Technician! I know things can move really fast and take unexpected turns at any moment.

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Elizabeth’s Answer

I am not an anesthesiologist but I did a rotation in anesthesia while in my residency. I can tell you that I was very surprised by what working in anesthesia was like versus what I thought it would be. As a generalization the kind of people in anesthesia are a great group. They were patient and the best teachers. They appreciated my help and were willing to teach me as long as I was willing. I worked with them for a few months. I was able to help while all the responsibility was their's. I would say that most of the time things were very calm and controlled which is not what I expected. Even when things were urgent they were calm because they knew what they were doing. In our hospital the anesthesiologists started the IVs in the pre op room. There they introduced themselves and explained things to the patients. Also once in the operating room they induce anesthesia and intubated. Once the patient was unconscious they constantly monitor everything. It seems easy but it's because they are highly skilled.
I do believe it's a tough profession made to look easy but I wanted to relay my observations.
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Dheeraj’s Answer

Anesthesia techs are important part of the anesthesia care team and with a wide range of duties they are in a way responsible for a good patient outcome.
The only way to deal with this stress is to have good foresight and communication skills.
They have to communicate the need of more staff in a busy practice and the foresight of assigning different people to carry out the daily duties
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Mısra Nur’s Answer

To cope with stress, you must first do breathing exercises. It is important that you can control your breathing. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds. Do breathing exercises like this often. Remind yourself that you are in control of your body and always manage yourself with positive suggestions!
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Lauren’s Answer

General advice on dealing with stress in fast-paced work environments: Make sure you are taking the time upfront to get properly trained and become knowledgeable. Having information is critical to be able to navigate a stressful situation because then you can go on auto-plot and just perform. The most stressful thing in a fast paced environment is not knowing how to do something creating more angst.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Raevohn, it doesn't matter what kind of profession you're in if there is high stress involved. You're going to have to make time for self-care. Then just means to take care of yourself.
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