Respiratory Therapist (Anesthesia Tech)- Anesthesia
Company: Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Posted on: June 10, 2021
A Respiratory Therapist/Anesthesia Technician who contributes to
safe efficient and cost-effective anesthesia care by providing
support in anesthesia for routine and complex surgical and other
invasive and non-invasive procedures by assisting the
Anesthesiologist/Anesthesia Provider with specified duties in the
Operative Services area as well as other areas where anesthesia
services are provided. Must be knowledgeable and provide safe care
to all patients requiring respiratory and anesthesia services. Is
accountable for own actions concerning direct and indirect care of
the patients. The Anesthesia Technician is accountable for the
acquisition, preparation and application of the equipment and
supplies required for the administration of anesthesia. They
provide this service by preparing and maintaining patient
monitoring devices, anesthesia delivery systems, blood gas
analyzers, ventilators and other related equipment before, during
and after anesthesia. The Anesthesia Technician reports to the
Anesthesia Manager, Unit Director and Administrative Director of
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participates in department Quality Improvement and Risk
Participates in overtime coverage situations as reasonably
Maintains current BCLS certification and possibly ACLS and
Is responsible for daily preventative maintenance of the blood
gas analyzer, running quality controls, and taking corrective
actions as indicated.
- Follows the guidelines for DNV and CMM and the Department of
Anesthesia and adheres to National Patient Safety goals.
Explains purposes of procedures or treatments, tests and
equipment to the patient.
Conducts physicians prescribed treatments of a routine nature
operating intermittent positive pressure breathing (IPPB) machine,
various oxygen devices and nebulizers in order to administer
prescribed medicinal vapors and gases, humidity, and various oxygen
concentrations to the respiratory system of the patient.
Demonstrates the ability and knowledge to suction patients
utilizing proper safety and infection control techniques.
Performs arterial puncture, operates the blood gas analyzer
measuring and determining acid base balance efficiency of
ventilation, and metabolism of the respiratory system.
Sets up, operates, and monitors ventilators when the patient's
respiratory system is incapable of adequate spontaneous
Reports an adverse reaction and/or changes in patient's status
to the RN and/or Anesthesiologist.
Ensures adequate maintenance of ventilators during
Maintains the availability of equipment in each operating room.
Demonstrates detailed technical knowledge and trouble shooting
ability for anesthesia delivery system, scavenger system, gas
analyzer, EKG, pulse oximeter, auto transfusion, rapid infusion
devices/blood warmers, patient warming devices, neuromuscular
devices, infusion pumps and syringes and TEE setups.
Processes respiratory and anesthesia equipment, cleaning,
sterilizing and packaging as required.
Assists the Anesthesiologist with difficult intubation by making
available, assembling and assisting with fiberoptic endoscopic
Assists the physician with nerve blocks, line placements i.e.
swan ganz, central venous, arterial lines, or others as indicated
by preparing and assembling transducer lines and equipment
necessary or requested. Has a working knowledge of hemodynamics and
can perform cardiaccalculations.
Maintains anesthesia carts - cleaning and restocking.
Maintains all gas cylinders, regardless of type - checking,
supplying and cleaning.
Assists the Anesthesiologist or RN in the transport of patients
to/from the department providing oxygen during the transfer.
Assists the Anesthesiologist in any area where anesthesia
services are provided.
Anticipates need for invasive monitoring according to daily OR
schedule. Sets up invasive lines and assists the Anesthesiologist
with i.e. swan ganz, central venous, arterial lines, or others as
indicated. Assists with preparation and draping of patient May
assist with placement of EKG leads, pulse oximeter, BP cuff,
positioning and prepping, IV solution and tubing set-up and set up
of IV warming devices as needed.
Performs cell saver as required, assists anesthesia provider
with volume infusions as directed during intraoperative volume
Functions as a laser operator as needed.
- Demonstrates speed and timeliness in all duties, particularly
for emergencies' and trauma procedures.
Attends continuing education courses to increase knowledge base
- both mandatory and personal.
- Acts as preceptor for training new personnel and/or for staff
- Demonstrates effective communication methods and skills using
the lines of authority appropriately.
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships with
staff and all members of the health team.
- Practices effective problem identification and resolution
skills as a method of sound decision making and assists the manager
in promoting effective interpersonal and interdepartmental
relationships by adopting a team approach to work. Maintains
professional attitude when serving patients, physicians, employees
and visitors using the AIDET process. Accepts constructive feedback
and demonstrates effective communication with all contacts.
Records all pertinent information regarding treatments on the
respiratory care records and patient chart.
- Assists the Perfusionist with documentation, acquiring
supplies, medications, performing blood gas analysis and other
indicated laboratory tests during the cardiac surgery
- Gives a full report to next shift personnel.
Sets priorities appropriately.
- Participates dependably in call coverage for anesthesia
assistance, intraoperative auto transfusion, laser operation.
Maintains complete and accurate records for a;; procedures .
- Performs efficiently in emergency situations following
appropriate unit and Arnot Health procedure while remaining
Time and Attendance
- Follows the Time/Attendance Policy established by the Arnot
Checks and maintains anesthesia machine and equipment prior to
surgery start and post-operatively as required. Performs quality
controls as indicated per OR Structure Standards.
Performs calibration, preventative maintenance and repair of
respiratory and anesthesia equipment as needed.
Makes regular rounds, checking patient's oxygen equipment and
ventilators as well as spot checking other respiratory and
anesthesia equipment on a timely basis.
Checks suction prior to the patient's procedure.
Calibrates and checks all monitoring equipment used in the
respiratory and anesthesia care of the patient, i.e. ECG, BP, SAO2,
gas analyzers and all others as indicated.
Checks the anesthesia machine in all areas where anesthesia is
provided for nitrous leaks and the proper removal of waste
- Demonstrates and awareness and application of safety issues as
identified within the institution.
- Performs procedures using personal protective equipment per
Arnot Health policy.
- Provides age appropriate care.
Attends all annual mandatory educational programs.
Employee understands and demonstrates the importance of
satisfying the needs of the customer/patient by interacting with
him/her in a friendly and caring way, being attentive to the
customer's needs, both psychologically and physically, and by
taking the initiative to maintain communication with the customer
in order to provide a secure and pleasant experience with the Arnot
- It is understood that this job description lists typical duties
for the classification and is not to be considered inclusive of all
duties which may be assigned.
Licensed as a Respiratory Therapist by the State of New York or
- Credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist by the NBRC
or eligible. Within 12 months of obtaining the NYS Technician
A minimum of one year experience as a respiratory therapist
which includes working with intensive care patients.
CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) REQUIREMENTS:
Basic Life Support (BLS) required within 90 days of hire date.
Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required within 1 year of hire
Must be able to meet the demands of an active position,
including reaching above head, extensive walking, stooping,
standing, lifting and moving heavy objects. Physical dexterity with
arms, legs and hands bilaterally. Hearing and eyesight within
Category I. Tasks that involve exposure to blood and body fluid
A.D.A Essential Functions
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