Anesthesiologist assistants assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anaesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. They monitor patient status and provide patient care during the surgical treatment.
Anesthesiologist assistants are highly skilled health professionals who assist anesthesiologists in controlling anesthesia levels during procedures. They calibrate anaesthesia delivery systems and monitors, including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine temperature measurement, respiration, blood pressure or heart rate.
Anesthesiologist assistant jobs include assisting anesthesiologists in the monitoring of patients; responding to emergencies by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS); providing airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fibre optics, or ventilatory support; and, ensure availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
Anesthesiologists schooling involves obtaining a master’s degree or a doctoral degree, and extensive skills and knowledge are needed to become anesthesiologists. Skills required include monitoring, critical thinking, judgement and decision making, time management, service orientation, problem-solving, coordination, and social perceptiveness.
Anesthesiologist assistants need knowledge of medicine and dentistry, chemistry, biology, mathematics, education and training, and computers and electronics. They work under the supervision of anesthesiologists in operation theatres, and anesthesiologist assistant's salary is commensurate to the nature of the work.
Successful anesthesiologist assistants are innovative, have concern for others, and pay attention to detail.
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