Administers anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery, or other medical procedures.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
- Records type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
- Provides and maintains life support and airway management and helps prepare patients for emergency surgery.
- Administers anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.
- Examines patient, obtains medical history, and uses diagnostic tests to determine risk during surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures.
- Positions patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.
- Coordinates administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
- Decides when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
- Confers with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
- Orders laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.
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