Anesthesiologist Assistants

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

11500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Anesthesiologist Assistants include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 41.68% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 21.8% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Essential Tasks

    Pretest and calibrate anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.

    Assist anesthesiologists in performing anesthetic procedures, such as epidural or spinal injections.

    Collect and document patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.

    Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.

    Provide airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.

    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 or heart rate.

    Administer anesthetic, adjuvant, or accessory drugs under the direction of an anesthesiologist.

    Control anesthesia levels during procedures.

    Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.


Regular Tasks

    Administer blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.

    Assist in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.

    Collect samples or specimens for diagnostic testing.


Occasional Tasks

    Participate in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.

    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, or evoked potentials.

    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).

Tools

Volume limited infant ventilation devices

Vital signs monitors

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilators SIMV

Sphygmomanometers

Pulse oximeters

Pressure support ventilation PSV equipment

All Tools

Portable ventilation devices

Peripheral nerve stimulators

Peak flow meters

Oxygen tanks

Oxygen saturation monitors

Oxygen delivery masks

Oxygen delivery concentrators

Non-rebreather masks

Nasal airways

Mechanical stethoscopes

Laryngoscopes

Invasive blood pressure analysis equipment

Intravenous IV infusion pumps

Intravenous IV catheters

Intracranial pressure ICP monitors

High frequency ventilation devices

Gas anesthesia machines

Endotracheal tubing

Electromyographs EMG

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Echocardiography equipment

Double lumen tubes

Digital spirometers

Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP equipment

Coagulation monitors

Central venous pressure monitoring catheters

Cardiac output monitors

Capnographs

Bilevel positive airway pressure BPAP equipment

Automatic blood pressure cuffs

Automated external defibrillators AED

Assist-control ventilation equipment

Arterial line catheters

Anesthesia vaporizers

Anesthesia breathing bags

Technologies

Allscripts PM

athenahealth athenaCollector

Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

All Technologies

eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Epic Practice Management

GalacTek ECLIPSE

GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

HealthFusion MediTouch

IOS Health Systems Medios EHR

Kareo Practice Management

McKesson Practice Plus

Modernizing Medicine Practice Management

NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management

simplifyMD

Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy

WRSHealth EMR

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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