What do Anaesthetic Techs do?
Anaesthetic Technicians work mainly in the operating theatres providing skilled assistance to the anaesthetist.
Our main duties include:
- Checking & maintaining the anaesthetic machines & other related equipment ( including Autologous Cell Saver, specialised airway equipment, ultrasound, blood gas analysis (ISTAT)).
- Ensuring the appropriate equipment & drugs are available.
- Assisting with inserting of airway devices & venous/arterial cannulas.
- Act as an advocate for the patient.
To qualify as an Anaesthetic Technician you must complete a 3 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 including CT, MRI & radiology, emergency departments & intensive care.
Duties will vary between different hospitals but Anaesthetic Technicians may be involved in patient transfers on air ambulances & 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 & will hopefully help expand & develop our role within the healthcare sector.
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