SpecialtyCare is proud to celebrate Anesthesia Technology and CVMT Appreciation Week. These individuals are on the front lines every day ensuring that all equipment is prepared and ready for surgery. This week highlights anesthesia technology and CVMT’s remarkable contributions to patient care teams year-round.
What Is Anesthesia Technology?
Anesthesia technology is a vital profession that assists the anesthesia provider in delivering safe and efficient care to patients. This profession requires a well-rounded knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical functions of proper anesthesia care.
These professionals play an integral role in patient care teams. They assist in acquiring, preparing, and applying equipment and supplies to administer anesthesia during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Their primary responsibility is to keep the patient unconscious and pain-free, so the surgical team can focus on delivering the highest quality patient care. Typically, you start your career as an anesthesia technician and move into a technologist role once you have a few years of experience.
What Is a Cardiovascular Monitoring Technician (CVMT)?
Our CVMT’s provide a wide range of services in multiple departments within hospitals. You’ll find CVMT’s in the OR, pre-op, post-op, interventional labs, ICU, and nerve block centers. They are experts in autotransfusion, and they assist with complex procedures like line placement, IABP, and nerve blocks. They work daily with anesthesia partners and other physicians, obtaining the equipment and products needed to ensure a smooth procedure for patients while assisting MD’s and partners during procedures. They are able to help patients by being involved in a variety of cases ranging from emergent to scheduled.
Education and Training
Anesthesia technology requires an associate’s degree and a passing score on The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) certification exam. Once you receive your certification, you must earn 30 continuing education credits to remain eligible. Additionally, you must get recertified every two years.
The CVMT role requires a high school diploma, a post-secondary certificate, or on-the-job training. Programs are offered through various vocational schools, junior colleges, and hospitals nationwide. However, education requirements differ based on the employer. Therefore, it is best to speak with healthcare administrators to determine what education and training are required.
SpecialtyCare is proud to celebrate our anesthesia technology and CVMT teams, who play a critical role in patient care. 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 team. We take this opportunity to acknowledge our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to this profession and thank them for all they do in delivering high-quality, patient-centric care. As a result of their remarkable contributions, we can uphold our mission to provide safer surgery.
SpecialtyCare is dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience, becoming the OR employer of choice, and leading the way in OR innovation.