What do Anaesthetic Technicians do?
Anaesthetic Technicians work mainly in operating theatres providing skilled assistance to the anaesthetist.
To qualify as an Anaesthetic Technician, you must complete a three year Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) or have an equivalent recognised qualification (e.g. Certificate/Diploma In Operating Department Practice – UK).
While Anaesthetic Technicians work predominantly in operating theatres, we are called upon to work in any area where an anaesthetic may be given. This includes CT, MRI & radiology, emergency departments and intensive care.
Duties will vary between different hospitals, but Anaesthetic Technicians may be involved in patient transfers on air ambulances and resuscitation teams.
As of 1st April 2012, we are now registered under the HPCA Act having been taken on by the Medical Sciences Council Of New Zealand. This is an exciting time for us as a profession, and will hopefully help expand and develop our role within the healthcare sector.