Anesthesiologist Assistant - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Anesthesiologist Assistant

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Job Description

 

Anesthesiologist assistants work directly under the supervision of anesthesiologists, physicians licensed in anesthesia specialty medicine, and in conjunction with the anesthesia care team, to create and implement anesthesia care plans. See the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Duties include the operation of anesthesia equipment to monitor patients while delivering direct anesthesia care.

Anesthesiologist assistants provide direct patient care before, during and after anesthesia to ensure continuity of care and quality.

Other duties may include assisting with life-saving measures, such as CPR and life support.

Anesthesiologist assistants are, as with most health care positions, in high demand and a career choice with a promising future.

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Responsibilities

 

Anesthesiologist assistants function as an extension of the physician and are responsible for performing critical measures to maintain the safety of the patient to ensure an optimal health outcome.

The anesthesiologist assistant’s responsibilities generally include the following:

  • Obtaining complete patient medical histories, conducting physical exams, and pre-procedure interviews.

  • Administering required diagnostic and laboratory tests.

  • Making recommendations regarding anesthetic care plans

  • Administering general and local anesthesia

  • Maintaining anesthesia delivery systems and monitors, including testing and calibration

  • Preparing patients to be effectively monitored

  • Monitoring patients under anesthesia

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Skills

 

Anesthesiologist assistants are required to demonstrate a solid understanding of safety protocols and exemplary communication skills in order to excel as part of the patient treatment team.

They must also demonstrate a mastery of the sciences, particularly those dealing with the human body, and the ability to draw conclusions from data.

They must also possess the ability to think critically, follow directions, and communicate with people of all walks of life.

Anesthesiologist assistants work as part of a team, and as such, must be capable of vigorous collaboration and criticism.

Candidates who are looking to enter the health care industry and prefer to work in a team environment, are patient, great listeners, compassionate, open-minded, and tolerant may want to consider Anesthesiologist Assistant as a serious career path.

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Working Conditions

 

Anesthesiologist assistants work under the direction of a licensed anesthesiologist in hospitals and surgery centers.

They generally work in sterile, cool environments and conduct most of it on their feet. AAs are closely managed and directed to avoid potential error, and must follow strict protocols in order to maintain the cleanliness necessary for proper patient care in an operating room.

A typical workweek may include a rotation for on-call, evening or weekend assignments, so flexibility is key to success.  

Offices of health pratitioners

58%

Hospitals; state, local, and private

23%

Outpatient care centers 7%
Government 4%
Educational services; state, local, and private 3%

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Salary Outlook

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