A team of anaesthetists from Pune have written, directed, and acted in a play, based on anaesthesia. Even anaesthetists play a crucial role during a highly sensitive procedure, and often their contribution is overlooked by patients. The show depicts how important is anaesthesia.
The play is called Bhoolsamrat. The team has performed the show four times in Pune, and scheduled more shows in the future.
Dr Sanjeevkumar Patil, the anaesthetist who has written and directed the play, said, “During surgery, a person’s life is in the hands of the anaesthesiologists. However, despite the highly sensitive role that they play, they are all but invisible to their patients. For this reason, I thought of writing a play, and performing it, so that a common person would understand what we do, and how we are important.”
“We do not get paid well. People are not aware of what we do. We remain, unsung heroes of all medical procedure,” he added.
Patients will always remember the name of their surgeon, but a very few will know the name of their anaesthesiologist. The training of anaesthesiologists is as long as that of a surgeon.
They are everywhere in the hospital and play a crucial role in easing the suffering of the patients. If the anaesthesiologists make a single mistake, things may go wrong, and they might accidentally kill somebody.
The team of doctors, performing in the play include Dr Shubhangi Tekurkar, Dr Smita Kulkarni, Dr Ratnadeep Markendey, Dr Maya Bhalerao, Dr Sudhir Bhalerao, Dr Kunda Dimble, Dr Mrunmai Sathe, Dr Sumit Lad, Dr Kailas Kale, Dr Atul Nagare, Dr Madhuri Ingale, Dr Shweta Puntambekar, Dr Sonali Sawale, and Dr Sanjeevkumar Patil.