The College of Anaesthetists of Ireland has announced that the terms ‘anaesthesia’ and ‘anaesthetist’ will be replaced with ‘anaesthesiology’ and ‘anaesthesiologist’.
Minister for Health Simon Harris is set to unveil a plaque at the college in Merrion Square today, officially renaming the College as College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the official launch, Minister Harris said:
"Patient safety is a top priority for me and it is also the guiding principle and constant commitment of anaesthesiologists.
This terminology change is in line with global best practice and acknowledges the wider role of the anaesthesiologist.
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesia (WFSA) defines anaesthesiology as the medical science and practice of anaesthesia.
It includes subspecialty areas of practice, such as perioperative medicine, pain medicine, resuscitation, trauma management and intensive care medicine.
The WFSA views the delivery of anaesthesia as a medical practice and an anaesthesiologist as a qualified physician who has completed a nationally-recognised medical training programme in anaesthesiology.
President of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, Professor Kevin Carson, said:
"This rebranding provides us with an opportunity to better inform the general public of the pivotal perioperative role anaesthesiologists play.
- Digital Desk