Anesthesiologist Assistants

What they do:

Assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitor patient status and provide patient care during surgical treatment.

On the job, you would:

  • Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
  • Provide clinical instruction, supervision or training to staff in areas such as anesthesia practices.
  • Collect samples or specimens for diagnostic testing.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.
  • Collect and document patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.
  • Provide airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.
  • Respond to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
  • Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.
  • Pretest and calibrate anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.
  • Assist 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.




Work Activities


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