WHEREAS, more than 100 million operations and procedures are performed every year with anesthesia and physician anesthesiologists play a critical role, before, during and after procedures, making patient safety their top priority; and
WHEREAS, anesthesia is safer than ever before, but there is always a potential for complications and side effects and physician anesthesiologists have the training and expertise to help minimize risks, monitor for any problems, and take quick action; and
WHEREAS, when seconds count, when emergencies or complications occur unexpectedly, physician anesthesiologists draw on their extensive medical education and years of clinical training and experience to make critical decisions that save lives; and
WHEREAS, physician anesthesiologists are committed to high quality and safe patient care and educating patients to make their anesthesia even safer, reduce risk of complication and recover from surgery; and
WHEREAS, physician anesthesiologists are recognized leaders uniquely suited to prevent opioid abuse and misuse by employing opioid-minimizing techniques while ensuring patients have access to appropriate pain treatments;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 26 – February 1, 2020, as PHYSICIAN ANESTHESIOLOGISTS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.