Operating Room Anesthesia Technician
Assembles and maintains supplies, equipment and instruments for anesthesia setup. Assists anesthesiologists and OR team. Maintains, cleans, and restocks equipment and carts. Transports patients and performs other related support activities in the surgical and procedural areas, ensures all standards and sterilization requirements are met. Receives direction from an OR Anesthesia Technician Lead.
Accesses schedules and medical records on computer.
Prepares anesthesia machines and equipment daily.
Follows standard work processes and procedures
Assists anesthesiologists with line placement – central, peripheral, PA catheter and epidural.
Assists anesthesiologists with induction, intubation, difficult airway, regional anesthesia, and emergence.
Ensures infection control procedures and aseptic technique are followed.
Recognizes and responds to emergencies pertaining to airway issues, codes, and equipment needs.
Evaluates and troubleshoots anesthesia machine, patient monitor, difficult airway and ultrasound equipment, and other equipment failures, breakages, and shortages working with dept managers, Clinical Engineering and IS to repair and/or replace equipment as needed.
Maintains, cleans, and restocks equipment, difficult airway, MH, glidescope, and procedural carts.
Communicates with the Warehouse and Anesthesia Tech Lead to ensure that adequate supply levels are kept on hand; maintains inventory of anesthesia supplies.
Assists in necessary preparations prior to surgery and room turn-overs as related to anesthesia.
Assists OR team with transport to and from OR, positioning and monitoring.
Comfortable practicing in all areas of the hospital serviced by the department of anesthesia.
Obtains samples for lab tests and runs point of care testing – ISTAT, blood gas, glucose.
Reports to work as scheduled and on-time (per unit norms and policies).
Uses down time effectively.
Adheres to TMCH organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of Certified Anesthesia Tech experience in an acute care setting preferred.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current certifications for Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist by American Society of Anesthesia Technologist and Technicians (ASATT) and Basic Life Support (BLS) at date of hire. Basic EKG course (EKG), ACLS, and PALS within two (2) years of date of hire. Must maintain current certifications for the duration of employment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of basic patient care.
Knowledge of sterilization best practices and of a variety of anesthesia equipment.
Skill in maintaining and stocking supplies.
Skill in making patients feel comfortable.
Ability to follow AORN standards for aseptic techniques.
Ability to use and navigate windows-based computers.
Ability to communicate to colleagues via speech, text, text messaging, phone, and or email.
Ability to highly perform under pressure in emergent and stressful situations.
Ability to use critical thinking to solve complex problems with multiple variables.
Ability to manage time and triage needs as necessary.
Ability to function independently or with minimal active supervision.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to complete routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to listen and accurately interpret others’ communication or instructions to take appropriate action.
Ability to speak effectively before customers or employees of organization.
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit numbers, decimals, and fractions.
Ability to read a clock and accurately document time.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.