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 also break down this equipment.
Perform Equipment Testing
Checking, calibrating, and testing medical equipment such as machines, monitors, invasive lines, and pharmaceuticals is also the job of anesthesia techs. Furthermore, techs are responsible for keeping daily records of equipment inspections and troubleshooting problems. When anesthesia equipment malfunctions, techs make sure it is repaired or replaced.
Conduct Preventative Maintenance and Sterilization
Sterilization and cleaning of anesthesia equipment is another primary responsibility. Techs perform aseptic techniques according to established standards of care and infection control, as well as oversee all equipment to ensure it is safe and sterile for patient use.
Facilitate Patient Care
Anesthesia techs may be called upon to transport a patient to the operating room and 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 while positively contributing to team culture.
Stock Anesthesia Supplies
Stocking supplies 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.