Anaesthetic technicians prepare and maintain anaesthetic equipment for operating theatres and clinics, and assist anaesthetists during anaesthetic procedures.
Personal requirements of a Anaesthetic Technician
- 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
Education & Training for a Anaesthetic Technician
To become a qualified anaesthetic technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in anaesthetic technology. To get into these courses you usually have to be employed in the anaesthetic area of a hospital or medical clinic, working under an appropriately qualified supervisor. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Duties & Tasks of a Anaesthetic Technician
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.
Employment Opportunities for a Anaesthetic Technician
Anaesthetic technicians are employed primarily in large public and private hospitals. Opportunities also exist in smaller hospitals, medical clinics and remote area medical assistance.