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Anesthesia Tech Day – March 31, 2023

Anesthesia Tech Day is celebrated on March 31 every year. The day honors technologists and technicians for their contributions toward anesthesiology and healthcare. Anesthesiologists are integral members of the global medical field, and their efforts are unparalleled. It’s a day of education for aspiring medical and healthcare professionals, a celebration of scientific breakthroughs, and fundraising for future research. Learn about the history of anesthesia, including the discoveries that made surgical treatment more comfortable for patients.

History of Anesthesia Tech Day

The origin of anesthesia dates back to ancient times when Babylons, Greeks, and Chinese used natural herbs to be taken orally. Later in the 1200s, Italian physician and bishop Theodoric of Lucca used sponges soaked in mandrake plant extract and opium to relieve surgical pain. The breakthrough of actual medical anesthesia that we know today didn’t come immediately. Throughout the centuries, patients who underwent surgery had to tolerate the pain or rely on opium, alcohol, or even a bullet to bite to relieve the agony. When the Civil War came, and soldiers had to undergo surgeries and amputations regularly, it was clear that developing more advanced anesthesia had to be a priority for medical professionals.

The first surgical procedure that used anesthesia was in 1846. Dentist William T.G. Morton of Boston Massachusetts used sulfuric ether to anesthetize a patient for a vascular tumor removal surgery. Morton called this discovery ‘Letheon’ after the Lethe River of Greek mythology which was described as a powerful river that helps remove painful memories. He gained financial success after this discovery.

The vast evolution took place in attempts to improve the performance of anesthesia in the medical field. This includes the discovery of laughing gas in 1844 and the successful use of cocaine as a spinal anesthetic in 1898. In 1902, Dr. Mathias J. Seifert of Chicago patented the terms ‘anesthesiology’ and ‘anesthesiology.’ Today, modern anesthesia is a standard tool for medicine and surgeries and tailored according to a patient’s needs. From dentistry, and cosmetics, to general medicine, anesthesia has come a long way.

Anesthesia Tech Day timeline

1846
The First Surgical Procedure with Anesthesia

Boston Dentist William T.G. Morton uses sulfuric to anesthetize a man for surgery.

1847
The First Childbirth with Anesthesia

Scottish obstetrician James Y. Simpson gives chloroform to a woman to ease labor pain.

1902
The Birth of Anesthesiology and Anesthesiologists

Dr. Mathias J. Seifert of Chicago coins the terms ‘anesthesiology’ and ‘anesthesiologist.’

1992
The Introduction of Inhaling Anesthesia

The first inhaling anesthesia in the medical field is known as ‘desflurane.’

Anesthesia Tech Day FAQs

When was the first surgery?

The first surgery pre-dating anesthesia dates back to 6500 B.C. It’s called ‘trepanation.’

What is an anesthetic made of?

The common ingredients of general anesthetics include nitrous oxide and ether variants such as isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane.

Who performed the first surgery in history?

Sushruta in 6th century B.C. He’s often called the father of Indian medicine and the father of plastic surgery.

Anesthesia Tech Day Activities

  1. Attend fundraisers

    Just like any other branch of science, the field of anesthesiology is under constant research, development, and advancement. Fundraising events help the anesthesiology field gather financial resources. Donate to this worthy cause.

  2. Join seminars and symposiums

    Dissemination of information is vital in the field of science. To be constantly updated with the latest milestones and medical breakthroughs attend anesthesiology seminars and symposiums.

  3. Attend ASATT events

    The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians conducts an annual Anesthesia Tech Week where they celebrate everyone in the field of anesthesia. Educational events have fun activities like a poster-making design contest.

5 Interesting Facts About Anesthesia

  1. Anesthesia may not be effective for smokers

    According to preliminary research, smokers need extra anesthesia before any type of surgery.

  2. Three types of anesthesia

    The three types of anesthesia are local, regional, and general anesthesia.

  3. It’s possible to wake up during surgery

    It’s an extremely rare occurrence, but it’s been recorded that one in every 1,000 patients wakes up during surgery.

  4. Aromatherapy helps post-surgery

    Plant extracts and essential oils help aid nausea and dizziness, which are side effects of anesthesia.

  5. Anesthesia may affect your memory

    The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine found that anesthesia causes memory loss.

Why We Love Anesthesia Tech Day

  1. It encourages a career in anesthesiology

    Anesthesia Tech Day is educational to many people, particularly to aspiring medical professionals. It helps them narrow down their choices after their general education and would allow them to realize that being an anesthesiologist is a career option they can take.

  2. It funds scientific research

    Anesthesia wouldn’t be the advanced and staple medical tool we know today without centuries of research; scientists can still further advance its features with enough funding for research and development.

  3. It celebrates technologists and technicians

    Technologists and technicians are often unsung in honoring medical professionals. This holiday gives them the spotlight for their contributions and hard work.

Anesthesia Tech Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 31Friday
2024March 31Sunday
2025March 31Monday
2026March 31Tuesday
2027March 31Wednesday

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