ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY

SpecialtyCare employs a highly skilled team of 30 anesthesia technologists uniquely in Las Vegas, NV. The team plays a critical role in patient care, supporting nine hospitals throughout the region.

MAKING SURGERY SAFER FOR PATIENTS

Our Anesthesia Services

SpecialtyCare employs a highly skilled team of 30 anesthesia technologists uniquely in Las Vegas, NV. Under the direction of Clinical Manager, Al Tagle, Cer ATT, the team plays a critical role in patient care, supporting nine hospitals throughout the region. From routine to complex cases, our anesthesia technicians’ acute attention to detail and ability to multitask makes them an invaluable asset to the nurses and other medical staff on the anesthesia care team. Their role in making surgery safer for patients is crucial, as they are on the front lines each day ensuring anesthesia equipment is prepared and ready for surgery.

What Exactly is Anesthesia Technology?

Anesthesia technology is a distinct health profession that focuses on the necessary clinical procedures that assist the anesthesia provider in the safe and efficient care of patients.

Anesthesia care clinicians monitor and support patient’s vital functions during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, from endoscopy to radiosurgery. These professionals are vital members of the overall anesthesia care team, applying, acquiring, preparing, and troubleshooting the various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care. They often must call upon their human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology knowledge while providing the vital clinical functions of proper anesthesia care.

Effective anesthesia care calls for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems that can and do occur during these procedures, as well as the administration of sedative, anxiolytic, or analgesic medications if needed.

As a profession, anesthesia technology is commonly divided between two certified groups:

  • Certified Anesthesia Technicians (Cert.A.T.)
  • Certified Anesthesia Technologists (Cert.A.T.T.)

The American Society of Anesthesia Technologist & Technicians (ASATT) recognizes only those individuals who have passed their ASATT National Certification Exam (NCE) through an accredited or otherwise approved educational program.

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Anesthetic Principles

All Cert.A.T.s and Cert.A.T.T.s must demonstrate a knowledge and comprehension of the anesthetic principles during patient care. These principles include:

  • Airway Management and Ventilation. This includes basic airway setup, ability to assist with “rapid sequence inductions,” identifying different intubation modalities, ability to assist with extubation, and ability to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to manual or artificial ventilation.
  • Fluids, Whole Blood, Salvaged Blood, and Blood Component Management. This includes an understanding of the relationship of fluid deficit, maintenance fluid, blood, and insensible losses to the patient as well as an understanding of the complications that can arise as a result of administering blood and blood products.
  • This includes the demonstration of knowledge of pharmaceuticals and their practical use during patient care, as well as a knowledge and basic comprehension of medications in sequence and dose as mandated by the American Heart Association’s ACLS/PALS guidelines.
  • Pathophysiology and Anesthesia Management. This includes the application of anesthetic principles related to pathophysiology in relation to various case types, including but not limited to: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, renal, hepatic, and respiratory.
  • Utilization of Biotechnology and Monitoring Equipment. This includes the ability to perform anesthesia machine checkouts and the ability to troubleshoot the anesthesia machine, ASA monitors, and all adjunct equipment.
  • Critical Events Management in Anesthesia. This includes the comprehension and support of anesthetic principles related to critical event management, including those related to airway, anaphylaxis, cardiac, hemorrhage, renal dysfunction, shock states, and ventilation.

While the duties of certified anesthesiology professionals are numerous and wide-ranging, it’s important to keep in mind the legally authorized parameters regarding the clinical functions that healthcare practitioners can legally provide a patient, otherwise known as their scope of practice.

Scope of Practice

Scope of practice is defined by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians (ASATT) to ensure the safe, competent, and ethical care of patients.

While healthcare providers like hospitals and clinics may limit the scope of practice of an anesthesia clinician through a job description or company policy, no organization can authorize or allow an employee to act outside his or her scope of practice. Legal liabilities exist for the employee, his or her supervisor, and the organization when an employee practices outside the scope of practice.

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Tuition and student loan payment assistance, paid professional membership fees, and continuing education funds are just a few of the many benefits SpecialtyCare offers its employees. We value the individual gifts and expertise that our clinicians and technicians bring to the table, and we provide unique jobs in locations around the country. If you’re interested in a healthcare career with us in Las Vegas, Nevada, or anywhere else across the country, visit our Careers Search Page and contact us today!

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