Overview

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Job Type
Full-time

Full Job Description

Work requires knowledge of anesthesia

practices and aseptic technique as well as the daily organization, stocking, set-up

and cleaning of anesthesia equipment and supply environments used in patient

care according to departmental and regulatory standards. The anesthesia technician

performs duties under the supervision of the licensed anesthesia care

providers in a variety of clinical settings including the set-up of IV manufacturer

made maintenance fluids, fluid warmers and pressure transducers as well as performance

of select Point of Care tests.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION,

CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
1.

Associate Degree from Anesthesiology

Technology Program OR;

Associate Degree in Medical Assisting

with Certification as Medical Assistant from NCCT National Healthcare

Association OR;

High School Diploma or Equivalent AND

Emergency Medical Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Paramedic, or

Veterinary Technician.

2.

Current Licensure in applicable

discipline.

3.

Obtain certification in Basic Life

Support within 30 days of hire date.

EXPERIENCE:
1.

One (1) year of nursing

assistant and/or patient care experience.

CORE

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The

statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work

being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended

to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and

duties. Other duties may be assigned.

1.

Understands and practices the

principles of aseptic technique. Ensures proper disposal of one-time use

items. Sets up and spikes IV manufacturer made maintenance fluids (does not

include patient specific compound bags from pharmacy). May set up disposable

supplies for sterile anesthesia field.

2.

Evaluates equipment needs of patients

being transferred from critical care units to the OR and OR to Phase I

Recovery. Assists with connection of the proper monitoring equipment for

patients after the surgical procedure.

3.

Ensures basic anesthesia equipment is

available in each anesthetic location including emergency airway equipment

(i.e. Ambu bags, working blades, etc.). Assists anesthesia providers with

intubations and other procedures by acquiring supplies, instruments, and

lines. Responsible for storage, use and safe handling of bulk and cylinder

gases.

4.

Assists with line placement by aiding

inserter.

5.

Checks for expiration dates on disposable

supplies. Ensures malignant hyperthermia supplies are available in assigned

location.

6.

Cleans up a hazardous spill ensuring SDS

sheets are followed. Completes required incident documentation.

7.

Sets up disposable supplies and

assists with all therapeutic pain management applications (Bretylium Blocks,

Bier Blocks, Stellate Ganglion Blocks, Epidural Blocks, Intercostal Blocks,

Trigger Point Blocks, etc.).

8.

Sets up

suction devices. Switches out anesthesia machine tanks and recording paper

when needed. Confirms anesthesia equipment is available for CRNA/resident/MD

including confirming power/gas sources & electrical cords are in proper

working order; notifying Biomed & hands-on provider of concerns related

to equipment & patient safety (i.e. loose sockets); and ensuring

anesthesia equipment is properly cleaned prior to patient care &

appropriately connected to emergency power outlets.

9.

Provides Anesthesia support during all

emergency situations (difficult intubation, latex allergy patient episodes,

cardiac crisis, malignant hyperthermia, etc.) and routine case turnover including

anesthesia post case cleaning. At end of day terminally cleans and dusts

anesthesia equipment and prepares for next day use.

10.

Anticipates anesthesia requirements

for scheduled and emergent procedures and has equipment set up without

requests from the MD/CRNA. Assumes responsibility for answering anesthesia

pages during workday.

11.

Sets up IVs, fluid warmers, and

pressure transducers. Acquires computer pumps.

12.

Monitors the inventory of consumable

supplies. Ensures that the anesthesia carts are stocked and the anesthesia

area is clean and uncluttered. May transport mobile carts medication tray

to and from Pharmacy. Reprocesses

reusable supplies.

13.

Drains and reconnects hoses. Checks

and changes soda sorb and tubings. Ensures the rotation of stock and the

proper storage of electrical equipment.

14.

Informs appropriate persons of

equipment issues and potential problems. Recognizes need for repair and

initiates repair actions. Maintains an equipment repair log and equipment

loaner book.

15.

Stocks IV bins and utilizes anesthesia

exchange carts to stock anesthesia blue bells.

16.

May perform Point of Care testing

within role scope of practice. Performs all quality controls for Point of

Care testing devices.

17.

Provides information for budget

preparation regarding needed equipment and supplies. Provides input on

cost-initiatives and facilitates those components relative to the Department

of Anesthesia.

18.

Selects and prepares difficult airway

equipment and instruments according to patient needs.

19.

Assists within scope of role/practice

anesthesiologist, resident, or CRNA with therapeutic and diagnostic

procedures. Performs, as needed, all core duties of anesthesia care assistant.

May function in charge role as assigned.

20.

Unlicensed

assistive personnel (UAP) may have limited access to medications including

transport of non-controlled substances and MH kit at the request of a licensed

care provider.

21.

Partnering

with new hire and role modeling scope of practice, assists with an orientees

duties training.

PHYSICAL

REQUIREMENTS: The

physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met

by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities

to perform the essential functions.

1.

No known history of

malignant hyperthermia.

2.

Ability to wear and work in protective

gear.

3.

Capability of prolonged periods of

standing and walking.

4.

Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and

push/pull heavy loaded carts.

5.

Possess visual and oral acuity along

with manual dexterity and technical ability.

6.

Ability to hear audible alarms.

WORKING

ENVIRONMENT: The work

environment characteristics described here are representative of those an

employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities

to perform the essential functions.

SKILLS

& ABILILTIES:
1.

Ability

to follow directions, both written and verbal, and work with people.

2.

Has

a thorough understanding of cardiac monitor procedures and equipment.

3.

Has

a thorough understanding of hemodynamic techniques.

4.

Ability

to utilize manufacturers instructions for use (IFUs) for equipment operation

and cleaning.

5.

Demonstrates

the ability to perform technical duties in complex, clinical situations.

6.

Ability

to perform work functions in an operating room providing patient care

demonstrating proficiency in biologic hazards, infection control, and

standard precautions.

7.

Ability

to prioritize and multi-task; demonstrates task prioritization based on acuteness

of patient care needs.

Date

Reviewed/Revised: September 2020

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