The Tasks of an Anesthesiologist Assistant
If you think being an anesthesiologist assistant is an easy job, you may want to think twice and reconsider this job. A career as an anesthesiologist assistant is really rewarding and the salary can be quite high. For those wondering what are the job duties of an anesthesiologist assistant, the following article will outline them.
As an assistant, you will be constantly under the direct supervision of a head anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist gives the anesthesia. On the other hand the anesthesiologist assistant is in charge of preparing the patient for surgery and the anesthesia. However, the assistant will not be the first person to consult with the patient as this is the job of the medical professional or the head anesthesiologist. They will decide how much anesthesia the patient will need for the surgery. The anesthesiologist assistant will dress the patient and bring him to the surgery room before the surgery. They usually need good communication skills to reassure the patient that everything will be alright.
It is important that the anesthesiologist assistant can effectively communicate with patients during the entire process.
Before the surgery, the anesthesiologist assistant will check and test all the equipment that will be used to administer the anesthesia and to monitor the patient’s status. The assistant may also have the duty of connecting the IV to the patient and performing a quick physical examination to ensure that the patient is ready for surgery, and this can include giving some sort of other drugs that the patient may need.
While the surgery is going on, the assistant might need to sustain the anesthesia if it is required, but always under the supervision of the head anesthesiologist. They will also be constantly checking up and monitoring the health status of the patient to ensure that there are no issues.
There are also many other post-surgery care procedures that the assistant is in charge of. Once the surgery is complete, there is a period that the patient is transferred from an operating room to a recover room. This may also include administering other pain relief drugs while the patient comes off the anesthesia.
Another duties may be completed other paperwork or administrative duties that are needed for surgery records. These are the general duties of the anesthesiologist assistant. Not every state, province or country use anesthesiologist assistants. In locations where this is not allowed, all these duties are performed by the anesthesiologist. In other locations, some of these duties are performed by a nurse or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).