Magazine article Techniques

Anesthesia Technologist

Magazine article Techniques

Anesthesia Technologist

Article excerpt

ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGISTS ASSIST ANESTHESIOLOGISTS and anesthetists in preparing and using equipment and supplies required for administering anesthesia. They may assist with formulating a plan for patient care,

and in set ting up, calibrating, maintaining and troubleshooting a variety of equipment to monitor patients before and during an operation. The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) describes other duties as providing laboratory services and participating in a system to support and continually improve the quality of anesthesia services.

The Workplace

Anesthesia technologists work in hospitals, clinics, teaching facilities, trauma centers, transplant centers or other medical facilities with operating, emergency or delivery rooms.

Educational Requirements

Although some entry-level anesthesia technician jobs may only require a high school diploma, a two-year degree in health care is usually required to become a technologist and to achieve certification. ASATT certification as an anesthesia technologist requires a minimum of two years' experience as a technician, graduation from an approved two-year program and completion of a clinical component. Moving into an administrative role requires even further training.

Earnings

According to a November 2011 Salary.com report, the median annual salary for anesthesia technicians was $34.389. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes anesthesia technologists among surgical technologists and reports that the median annual wage of surgical technologists was $39,920 in May 2010, with the top 10 percent earning more than S57. …

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