Anesthesia Technical Assistant
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• On a daily basis and in accordance with department standards, maintains and services all electronic and mechanical equipment used by Anesthesia Department personnel.
• Sets-up transducers, calibrates and zeros monitors.
• Assembles pediatric and adult ventilator circuits.
• Prepares procedural equipment such as the CVP, arterial line, Swan-Ganz and routine intravenous lines.
• Operates, calibrates and performs routine maintenance on a variety of technical equipment used in the operating room such as the Drager and/or Narkomed anesthesia machines, HP Monitors, pulse oximeter and rapid infusion/transfusion systems.
• Identifies malfunctioning equipment, troubleshoots equipment problems and refers more serious equipment problems to appropriate technical repair personnel when there are no established guidelines.
• Assists in the establishment and maintenance of a regular schedule of preventive maintenance and calibration of monitors utilized in the administration of anesthesia, including the BP physiological monitors, Datascope, Propac monitor and Nellcor pulse oximeters.
• Assists in positioning and supporting patients for regional anesthesia procedures such as spinal and epidurals.
• Supports the Anesthesia Provider during insertion of arterial catheter lines and internal jugular catheters.
• Applies monitoring devices to the patient and operates all common physiological monitors (Datex, pulse oximeter, C02 monitor, BP monitors cuffs).
• Removes and disposes of all relevant supplies and equipment following use, exchanging soiled for clean parts between cases and restocking room carts with supplies and drugs.
• Assists in monitoring and ordering supplies for the department.
• Maintains an inventory in the main anesthesia workroom.
• Orders from the pharmacy and stocks all "non scheduled drugs".
• May order and stock "non-scheduled drugs."
• Cleans and decontaminates equipment per Sterile Processing Department protocols; this includes the disassembly of equipment and sterilization in accordance to the Center for Disease Control guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious and contagious diseases.
• Performs related duties as assigned.
• This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
• Hospital experience with an understanding of the function and operation of various kinds of anesthesia equipment.
• High School Diploma/GED.
• BLS required.
• American Society of Anesthesia Technologist and Technicians, preferred.
• Working knowledge of Anesthesia department operations.
• Demonstrated knowledge of basic instruments and treatment procedures commonly used in the administration of anesthesia.
• Demonstrated understanding of basic anatomy.
• Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos.
• Ability to write simple correspondence.
• Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other incumbents of the organization.
• Must possess an understanding of aseptic and infection control.
• Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.