Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care: Steps for the Future

  • M. Zimpfer
Conference paper


The enormous changes that are taking place in medicine and the problems which the field of medicine is currently facing are not sparing anesthesiology and intensive care. The two major global issues are, of course, hard-to-control increases in the cost of health care and growing specialist surpluses [1]. More specifically to anesthesiology, we are experiencing encroachments on our field from other specialties, as well as a general lack of perception, which is no longer harmless, of what it is exactly that anesthesiologists do.


Enormous Change Manage Care Environment Tensive Care Unit Operating Room Team Specialist Surplus 
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