As a Periopertive Associate / Anesthesia Technologist, you will participate as a member of the Anesthesia Care Team by performing pre-operative and intra-operative tasks for the patient having procedures requiring anesthesia. You will also assist a licensed anesthesia care provider with patient assessments, evaluations, transport, positioning, insertion of intravenous and other invasive lines and routine difficult intubations/extubations. Further, you will be responsible for maintenance and set-up of anesthesia and monitoring equipment in OR/PACU and perform ancillary lab tests.
Job Responsibilities Include:
Assists anesthesia professional staff as requested. Performs invasive monitoring according to daily OR schedule; prepares, drapes, places BP cuff, EKG leads and Pulse oximeter for patient; assists in invasive monitoring line insertion, pulmonary artery catheter insertion, central venous access, fiberoptic intubation and/or difficult airway situations; sets up OP for cases including preparation of laryngoscope and intubation equipment, IV solution and administration sets, sets up warming devices; assists anesthesiologist with volume infusions as directed during intra-operative volume resuscitations. Responds to codes throughout the hospital.
Maintains and organizes the anesthesia environment, equipment and supplies to facilitate operation of the department. Inventories and maintains supply stock, collaborates with purchasing and acts as liaison.
Performs preventative maintenance for all equipment according to established protocols. Reports equipment malfunctions to management and arranges for loaner equipment when necessary. Aids in capital equipment budget preparation.
Coordinates equipment and supplies outside the OR.
Prepares and assembles transducer lines and equipment necessary for arterial, central venous, and pulmonary artery pressure monitoring, as requested.
Troubleshoots anesthesia delivery systems, scavenging system gas analyzer, EKG, pulse oximeter, cell saver and rapid infusion devices and maintains all related records.
Assembles and assists with operation of specialized equipment such as humidification units, fiberoptic endoscopic equipment and rapid infusion devices.
Follows protocol for all safety and infection control practices and monitors the environment and equipment to ensure cleaning standards are maintained. Prepares and sets up sterile arterial line insertion and sterile introducer kits for the insertion of Swan-Ganz catheters.
Maintains and operates ancillary laboratory. Analyzes blood samples for blood gases, sodium/potassium, glucose and hematocrit. Uses hemotec ACT to maintain proper heparinization and protaminization before and after cardiopulmonary bypass.
Documents all patient tests and maintains quality control, maintenance and proficiency test results and records.
Participates in education of new staff members as well as ongoing educational programs for department.
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