Anesthesia Technologist Occupational/Technical Skills

Set Up and Break Down Anesthesia Equipment

Anesthesia techs engage in various pre-operation responsibilities such as setting up the anesthesia gas machine and checking gas lines. They prepare supplies for intubation, central breathing lines, oxygen measurement tools and more. After surgery is complete, anesthesia techs enter the operating room to break down this equipment.

Perform Equipment Testing

Checking, calibrating, and testing medical equipment such as machines, monitors, invasive lines, and pharmaceuticals is the job of anesthesia techs. Anesthesia techs keep daily records of their equipment inspections. They are required to troubleshoot any identified problems. When anesthesia equipment malfunctions, they make sure it is repaired or replaced.

Conduct Preventative Maintenance and Sterilization

Sterilization and cleaning of anesthesia equipment is another primary responsibility of anesthesia techs. They perform aseptic techniques according to established standards of care and infection control. They are in charge of making sure all equipment is safe to use on patients and free of any unhealthy bacteria.

Facilitate Patient Care

Anesthesia techs support other members of the anesthesia care team. They may be called upon to transport a patient to the operating room. Anesthesia technicians often operate a variety of mechanical equipment to evaluate and manage a patient’s condition while they are undergoing anesthesia. Successful techs maintain an effective working relationship with staff, managers, physicians, patients and their families. They positively contribute to a strong team culture.

Stock Anesthesia Supplies

Stocking needed supplies in any anesthetizing areas is another vital responsibility of anesthesia techs. They restock supplies in bronchoscopy carts, pediatric carts, emergency room airway bags, and other supply locations. Anesthesia techs also spot opportunities for improving efficiency and containing costs in their department.