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Why consider a career in Anesthesia? Anesthesiologist Anesthesiologist Assistant Anesthesia Technician
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Anesthesia Technician

An Anesthesia Technician (AT) is not a doctor or a nurse. The role of the AT is to support the work done by the professional anesthesia personnel. ATs are responsible for managing the anesthesia equipment and for its proper maintenance.

Depending on individual expertise and training, the task of the AT, Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer.A.T.) and Certified Anesthesia Technologist (Cer.A.T.T.) may include equipment maintenance and servicing such as cleaning, sterilizing, assembling, calibrating and testing, troubleshooting, requisitioning and recording of inspections and maintenance. They may operate a variety of mechanical, pneumatic and electronic equipment used to monitor, evaluate and manage the patient undergoing anesthesia.

The scope of practice and duties assigned to an AT will vary from state to state and from one facility to another. Most ATs are employed at larger acute care hospitals, particularly in trauma, transplant, and teaching facilities, but can also be found in outpatient surgery clinics.

The preferred entry level education for an AT is a high school diploma or GED. In some cases a two year degree in healthcare may be required.

The responsibilities of ATs have increased over the years, and the trend seems to favor increased demand for their specialized skills, along with greater awareness of anesthesia technology as a career. According to the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) www.asatt.org, job opportunities are anticipated to grow in the area of anesthesiology as the geriatric population increases and healthcare delivery in America evolves and changes.

Certified Anesthesia Technician

The Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer.A.T.) is a technician who has successfully completed the examination requirements established by the ASATT. The Cer.A.T. is an allied healthcare professional who is an essential member of the anesthesia patient care team, as observed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). The Cer.A.T. performs duties under the supervision of the licensed anesthesia care providers.

Certified Anesthesia Technologist

A Certified Anesthesia Technologist (Cer.A.T.T.) is a technician who has successfully completed both the Certified Anesthesia Technician and Technologist Examinations per the requirements established by the ASATT. The Cer.A.T.T. is distinguished from the Cer.A.T. by additional levels of training and experience.

The official recognition for Anesthesia Technologists is the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) national certification. This certification is currently not required by any states, but some employers require it either prior to or within two years of hire.

Why consider a career in Anesthesia? Anesthesiologist Anesthesiologist Assistant Anesthesia Technician
Certified Anesthesia Technician Certified Anesthesia Technologist Anesthesiologist Anesthesiologist Assistants
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