~INCENTIVES NOT AUTHORIZED~ ~THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION~ Performs logistical/ technical support, assisting the needs of anesthesia personnel in direct patient care often during difficult situations. Responsible for providing the supplies, equipment and support appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures such as those found in typical inpatient settings. Anesthesia Technician Certification through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) is highly desirable. The duties of the Medical Instrument Technician include but are not limited to: Technical expert in the calibration, maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting of a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment. Many equipment systems consist of complex integrated computer controls with multiple interconnected subsystems. Requires knowledge, judgment and creativity to adapt and integrate equipment to new or difficult procedures or settings (i.e., ability to modify a blood pressure manometer to measure CPAP in one lung ventilation). - With Biomedical Engineering Technicians, jointly develops routine maintenance and repair schedules based on regulatory standards, manufacturer recommendations and equipment requirements. Services anesthesia equipment within level of expertise, performing preventative maintenance, evaluating and replacing worn or failed components and assemblies as needed. Requires familiarity with equipment under service contract and warranty. - Orders, maintains and arranges allocation and distribution of anesthesia equipment and supplies to ensure timely availability for all anesthesia care providers in or out of the Operating Room Suite. Must understand the seriousness of common illnesses, equipment parameters and limitations, procedure objectives and provide appropriate equipment and assistance as needed to optimize the situation and verify accurate results. - For all procedures in of out of the Operating Room Suite: ensures all drugs and emergency equipment are available; sets up, calibrates and troubleshoots ventilators and all routine monitors; assists in preparation of IV solutions, medication infusion equipment, invasive monitor fluid lines and transducers; performs blood test analysis; and assists in monitoring patient vital signs and lab results as ordered by the anesthesia provider. - Assists anesthesia personnel in many intense complicated procedures including: controlled and emergent airway management, establishing and maintaining invasive monitoring, various medication infusion systems, positioning and transport of unstable patients. Many situations are new or emergent and require sophisticated, efficient evaluation and decisive action. - Recognizes abnormalities in patient responses to treatment, lab results or equipment function. Notifies team and troubleshoots cause of erroneous result. Efficiently makes adjustments as necessary within realm of expertise to optimize immediate situation and informs appropriate personnel for follow up as needed. - Knowledge of pharmacology including the classification and administration of anesthetic agents, possible patient responses, and common dosages. - Must possess a thorough understand of and constantly abide by "Standard Precautions" protocol. Sets up and maintains infection control surveillance standards. - Works safely with hazardous materials (i.e., Cidex, LpH germicidal detergent and Clenzime) using all safety equipment and procedures set forth by governing agencies protecting self and others. - Provides orientation and training in the proper use and maintenance of equipment and instruments. Provides guidance to other Anesthesia technicians in carrying out their functions. - Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG) - Assists in collection and documentation of all necessary statistics and quality control data as per VAPA policy, OSHA, JCAHO, NAFDA, and the American Pathologists Certification (CAP). - Assists in maintaining policy and procedure manual. - Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology. - Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized. - Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures. - Knowledge and underling of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation. - Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medication, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatient settings with more acutely ill patients. - Reports Anesthesia Technician issues to Administrative Officer and/or Deputy Director of the Operating Room as needed. - Continually demonstrates age appropriate, respectful communications with co-workers, staff, patients and families (primarily adult and senior adult). - Uses initiative to learn new developments in the field and to recommend changes to improve service, correct deficiencies, and improve reliability of test and treatment results based on hospital, Infection Control and safety standards. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 5:00am to 1:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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