The anaesthetist must be present throughout the whole surgical procedure and be readily available to recovery room staff until the patient leaves the theatre complex. This responsibility is solely the anaesthetist's, and is applicable in general and regional anaesthesia, and also in some sedation techniques where the anaesthetist is involved.

An adequate record must be made of the whole anaesthetic process, from the induction to full recovery of the patient. Errors can occur for a variety of reasons ranging from inexperience and lack of training to tiredness, boredom, and inattention. Vigilance in an anaesthetist is a function of self-motivation.

The novice anaesthetist should acquire rigorous monitoring habits. Tracheal intubation must be confirmed every time and the equipment, the anaesthetic machine and circuitry checked as a routine. Postoperative visits to assess a patient's progress are salutary and give an opportunity to improve aspects of care such as postoperative analgesia, nausea, and vomiting.

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