Anesthesia Technician

MedStar Health - Baltimore, MD3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $30,000 - $39,000 a year
Job Summary
Assists the anesthesia provider with surgery patients. Prepares operating rooms for surgery. Provides technical services and assists in operating room, emergency room, and outpatient clinic as assigned and directed. May function as Care Associate as needed.
Minimum Qualifications
High school graduation or equivalent.

1 year anesthesia technician experience.

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Certification as an Anesthesia Technician by ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) or equivalent preferred. CPR certification. Completion of an approved Care Associate curriculum.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Assists the anesthesia provider in preparing patients for anesthesia.
Cleans equipment: Thoroughly cleans anesthesia gas machines and ventilators at least once per week. Assures that all gas machines are surfaced-cleaned daily. Assures that special carts and trays are thoroughly cleaned at least once per week. Maintains Anesthesia Work Room and other storage areas in a clean and organized manner. Assures that soaking solutions are replaced according to protocol. Assures that reusable equipment such as LMA are properly sterilized.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Inspects Operating Room, SurgiCenter, OB and Cath Labs: Inspects each anesthetizing location to assure the presence of all designated equipment at the beginning of shift. Inspects special carts and trays daily to assure that they are properly supplied according to the stacking lists. Replaces equipment as needed. Keeps supervisor informed of unusual loss or breakage. Assures that supply inventory is organized and clearly labeled. Assures that stacking lists are kept current. Recommends changes in inventory par levels and items based on current usage. Assists in periodically reviewing and updating supply requisition forms. Requisitions supply order on a weekly basis, being current with the computer program for supplies (MSN). Requisitions outside orders after consulting with supervisor. Assures that adequate supplies are distributed to designated areas. Maintains copies of supply requisition and log of MSN requisition numbers and submits to supervisor at the month end. Performs annual inventory in conjunction with supervisor.
Maintains Anesthesia equipment:. Cooperates with Clinical Engineering in maintaining established P.M. inspections. Routinely checks condition of equipment such as NIBP cuffs, EKG cables and leads, oximeter probes, temperature cables, warming blankets, pressure infusors, etc. and effect minor repairs or parts replacement. Performs daily battery checks on battery-operated equipment. Keeps supervisor informed of equipment problems. Makes rounds in special units to collect Anesthesia equipment.
May be responsible for listing readings for chemical and blood warmer thermometers, reporting results to blood bank, and maintaining monthly quality check on blood warmers.
May function as a Care Associate, providing direct bedside care to patient under the supervision a Registered Nurse, as required:. Stays familiar with and meets the standards of a Care Associate. Provides relief coverage for Care Associates. Participates in training and orienting new Care Associates. In conjunction with OR Supervisor, assigns daily work assignments to OR Care Associates. Assists the OR Care Associates with the more complex Anesthesia cases.
May provide clerical support to Anesthesia Office: Types correspondence and reports. Photocopies information. Maintains department records, reports and files. Answers the telephone, directs calls, and takes and delivers messages. Ensures that office supplies are organized at the end of the day shift.
Opens sterile supplies and sets up for procedures. Cleans room, equipment, and stretchers using proper asepsis techniques. Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after terminal cleaning. Discards used disposable anesthesia equipment in the appropriate manner.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Performs other duties as assigned.
Reports any changes in patients' conditions to nursing staff.
Requisitions drugs: Assures that drug inventory is organized and clearly labeled. Checks drug inventory and replaced all drugs to par levels each morning and after each case. Records drugs used on each case into Pyxis system. Recommends changes in inventory par levels and items based on current usage patterns. Assists in periodically reviewing and updating Drug Requisition Form. Keeps supervisor informed of problems regarding availability of drugs. Maintains copies of drug requisitions and submits to supervisor at month end. Maintains log for drug cars with twist locks.
Transporting: Transports blood and specimens to and from Laboratory. Transports patients to and from OR/PACU/Recovery as needed. Delivers laboratory coats to Laundry Room weekly if needed.

Location: Baltimore · OR-Anesthesiology
Schedule: Full Time, Day Shift, Monday-Friday 11:am to 7:30pm