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Anaesthesiologists are responsible for safely administering anaesthetics safely to patients in healthcare facilities, usually hospital and clinic facilities.  As an anaesthetics specialist, you will need to have technical, medical and surgical skills as well as crisis management skills and the ability to make decisions fast in high pressure, sometimes critical situations. You will also have to have an in-depth knowledge of how the human body functions, the effects of anaesthetics on the body and how it interacts with other drugs. Anaesthetists usually work as part of a team of other health professionals. They might also help patients to manage chronic pain. 
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