Newswise — A car crash. Gunshot wound. Workplace injury. Fire. Building collapse. These incidents aren’t something you plan for and the patients who need this highly specialized care don’t expect their day to include a trip to a trauma center. Trauma centers are where the most critically injured patients are taken after a severe accident. When patients encounter trauma, physician anesthesiologists step in, expect the unexpected, and save lives.

The attached video, produced by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, highlights how extensive education and clinical training in trauma medicine provides physician anesthesiologists with a special understanding of physiology and prepares them to care for any kind of trauma patient.

Physician anesthesiologists that work in trauma have many duties. They maintain airways, manage blood and replacement fluids, provide medications, keep track of vitals and collaborate with other members of the health care team. They also keep patients pain free during surgery and treat acute and chronic pain after an injury.

If you have any questions about the video or would like to interview a physician anesthesiologist to discuss trauma center care, please contact the ASA public relations team at [email protected]