Dr. Tobin has been trained in two medical specialties.
The medical specialty of anesthesiology encompasses the delivery of total patient care, perioperative care and anesthetics for pain relief in patients - typically those undergoing surgery. Anesthesiologists play a vital role in preparing patients for their operations, relieving any pain that may be felt during surgery and ensuring a safe transition to the post-operative stage. Although anesthesiology is often thought of as just the relief of pain during surgery through anesthesia, anesthesiologists are trained to provide care outside of surgical settings.
When preparing patients for surgery, anesthesiologists will have an initial meeting to create a safe, personalized anesthetic plan for the specific operation, taking many factors into account. During the operation, these physicians will be responsible for the general welfare and critical life function of patients while they are sedated (under anesthesia), monitoring all of the patient’s vital signs and ensuring a smooth surgery.
Aside from their role in and around the operating room, anesthesiologists may also be found in intensive care units (ICUs), treating critically ill patients and assisting in their return to stable condition. Many anesthesiologists are also present in the delivery room during childbirth, caring for both the mother and child. Anesthesiologists will provide pain relief to the mother, while at time same time monitoring the vital signs of both the mother and child to protect critical life functions. Additionally, anesthesiologists may also provide care in pain management settings, diagnosing and treating various conditions that cause pain and providing pain management plans for both chronic and acute conditions.
Learn more about anesthesiology at MD.com.
Pediatric critical care is a specialized field of emergency medicine that encompasses the multidisciplinary treatment of infants, children and adolescents who are in critical condition, either through injury or disease. Typically, this type of care is provided within pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in hospitals. Patients may be treated in PICUs for a host of complications resulting from extensive surgery, immunological disorders, severe infection, cardiac disease, organ failure, genetic disorders, traumatic injury and congenital anomalies, among many others.
Physicians who provide care in PICUs are often referred to as pediatric intensivists. Pediatric intensivists provide critical, often life-saving, care to patients while directing a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals and serving as the coordinating physician.
When a patient is admitted to the PICU, pediatric intensivists work swiftly to stabilize the patient and arrive at a diagnosis. This is done by performing an initial examination of the patient, as well as ordering and analyzing diagnostic tests, exploring the patient’s family history and speaking with the parents or guardians of the child. Pediatric intensivists must work quickly to determine the proper course of treatment – some patients may require a specialized surgery outside the realm of care provided by the intensivist; pediatric intensivists will consult with the surgeon to ensure that the surgery is necessary and effective.
Learn more about critical care pediatrics at MD.com.