Anesthesiologist Assistant


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

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Related Job Titles

Anesthesia Assistant, Anesthesia Tech, Anesthesia Technician, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Anesthesiologist Assistant-Certified, Anesthesiologists' Assistant, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Technician, Certified Anesthesia Technician and Technologist, Oral Surgery Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant-Clinical Coordinator

Primary Tasks
  • 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.
Education Level
  • Master's degree 42%
  • High school diploma or equivalent 22%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
Wages
Median wages (2013) $44.70 hourly, $92,970 annual
Employment trends
  • Employment (2012) 87,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022) 48,900

 

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