The anesthesia technician assists the anesthesia resident , Certified Nurse Anesthetist and anesthesia physician to maintain proper anesthesia supplies and equipment and the functioning of that equipment. This position also requires knowledge of the functioning of all equipment used in the anesthesia department and also the trouble shooting of this equipment. Examples of this equipment are anesthesia machines, video towers for difficult intubation, monitoring equipment etc. Daily duties will include assisting with the turnover of rooms. Cross-training to the needs of the department in the area of turnover is required. Planning, problem solving, strong organizational skills and a working knowledge of aseptic technique is crucial. The anesthesia technician must work with residents, physicians, nurses and materials management to provide proper and cost-effective supplies and equipment.
Assists in ordering anesthesia supplies and medications.
Keeps anesthesia work room neat and orderly
Checks other areas, (PACU,ICU,CCU) for monitoring devices for patient transfer and returns them to surgery unit.
Assists in maintaining equipment in proper working order.
Returns cleaned equipment to its proper place.
Promptly responds to page for anesthesia turnover between cases.
Cleans all non-disposable anesthesia equipment as necessary.
Identifies, tags and sends malfunctioning equipment to Materials Manager for repair or replacement.
Shows initiative towards learning new and additional responsibilities.
Practices safety standards in the performance of patient care and unit activities.
Reset of room, including cleaning of all lines, cables, etc., between patients.
Understands and practices Universal Precautions, according to OSHA regulations.
Practice includes the understanding of cross-contamination theories , as outlined in Dept. P&P.
Supports the hospital’s philosophy and objectives.
Applies aseptic technique and knowledge in the spiking of IVs & A-lines or other invasive lines.
Correctly labels/dates and applies initials to pre-set lines.
Charges appropriately, returns and credits item through Pyxis.
Efficiently cleans and utilizes anesthesia instruments and equipment.
Performs basic reparative actions, for example, air leaks in anesthesia machines and follows through to initiate repair and resolve malfunction.
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
High School diploma or Equivalent
One year’s experience in hospital setting (operating room preferred) or graduate of an anesthesia technician program
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION: