Excerpt from seatttlemagazine.com
Until recently, most patients didn’t ask many questions about who would be doing their anesthesia. “Patients are more savvy now,” says Agricola, “and their level of concern is often driven by the news cycle.” The death of Michael Jackson from propofol in 2009 elevated the public’s concern about the risks of anesthesia, Agricola says. Patients started asking questions: What exactly does an anesthesiologist do? Is mine competent? Can I ask for a specific doctor?