What do Anesthesiologist Assistants do?

Assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitor patient status and provide patient care during surgical treatment.

  • Provide airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.
  • Respond to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
  • Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
  • Pretest and calibrate anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.
  • Control anesthesia levels during procedures.
  • Assist anesthesiologists in monitoring of patients including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine measurement of temperature, respiration, blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Administer blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.
  • Collect and document patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.
  • Assist in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.
  • Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.
  • Administer anesthetic, adjuvant, or accessory drugs under the direction of an anesthesiologist.
  • Assist anesthesiologists in performing anesthetic procedures such as epidural and spinal injections.
  • Provide clinical instruction, supervision or training to staff in areas such as anesthesia practices.
  • Assist in the application of monitoring techniques such as pulmonary artery catheterization, electroencephalographic spectral analysis, echocardiography, and evoked potentials.
  • Collect samples or specimens for diagnostic testing.

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Necessary Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking