Assists anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitors patient status and provides patient care during surgical treatment.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Responds to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
- Provides airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.
- Verifies availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
- Pretests and calibrates anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.
- Participates in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.
- Controls anesthesia levels during procedures.
- Assists anesthesiologists in monitoring of patients including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine measurement of temperature, respiration, blood pressure and heart rate.
- Administers blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.
- Collects and documents patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.
- Assists in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.