Anaesthetic Technician

Summary

Anaesthetic technicians prepare and maintain anaesthetic equipment for operating theatres and clinics, and assist anaesthetists during anaesthetic procedures.

Duties & Tasks

Anaesthetic technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • set up, check and maintain anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
  • order and prepare medical supplies for anaesthesia
  • discuss medical procedures with patients and check whether they have any medical conditions that could cause problems under anaesthesia
  • assist the anaesthetist to insert breathing tubes and intravascular lines in patients
  • assist the anaesthetist to administer anaesthesia to patients
  • monitor patients and their vital signs before, during and after procedures
  • maintain documentation before, during and after surgery
  • assist with basic life support and post-operative care
  • assist the anaesthetist in emergencies.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication and people skills
  • attention to detail
  • able to work under pressure
  • good technical and measurement skills
  • aptitude for working with computers
  • organised and methodical
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

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