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ANESTHESIA CAREER SPOTLIGHT
An Anesthesia Technician (AT) is not a doctor or a nurse. The role of the AT is to support the work done by the professional anesthesia personnel. ATs are responsible for managing the anesthesia equipment and for its proper maintenance. - ASA
Depending on individual expertise and training, the task of the Anesthesia Technician , Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer.A.T.) and Certified Anesthesia Technologist (Cer.A.T.T.) may include equipment maintenance and servicing such as cleaning, sterilizing, assembling, calibrating and testing, troubleshooting, requisitioning and recording of inspections and maintenance. They may operate a variety of mechanical, pneumatic and electronic equipment used to monitor, evaluate and manage the patient undergoing anesthesia.
The scope of practice and duties assigned to an Anesthesia Technician will vary from state to state and from one facility to another. Most Anesthesia Technicians are employed at larger acute care hospitals, particularly in trauma, transplant, and teaching facilities, but can also be found in outpatient surgery clinics.
The preferred entry level education for an Anesthesia Technician is a high school diploma or GED. In some cases a two year degree in healthcare may be required. - ASA
The responsibilities of Anesthesia Technicians have increased over the years, and the trend seems to favor increased demand for their specialized skills, along with greater awareness of anesthesia technology as a career.
Job opportunities are anticipated to grow in the area of anesthesiology as the geriatric population increases and healthcare delivery in America evolves and changes.