Profession anaesthetic technician

Anaesthetic technicians assist specialised doctors in anaesthetics. They prepare operating theatres and other specialised clinics for anaesthetic procedures, prepare the equipment needed for anaesthesia, and assist with inducing and maintaining adequate anaesthesia and post-anaesthesia procedures. They do so under supervision, following the orders of the doctor of medicine.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Social / Realistic
  • Conventional / Social

Knowledge

  • Emergency surgery

    The characteristics and methods of a surgical intervention performed in emergency cases.

  • Human physiology

    The science of the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical and biochemical functions of humans, their organs and cells in good health.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Professional documentation in health care

    The written standards applied in the health care professional environments for documentation purposes of one`s activity.

  • Anaesthetics

    Anaesthetics is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Biophysics

    The characteristics of biophysics which span across various fields, using methods from physics in order to study biological elements.

  • Infection control

    The routes of transmission and methods of preventing spread of common and important infecting organisms together with the methods available for sterilisation and disinfection of pathogenic organisms in the prevention of infection.

  • Pharmacology

    Pharmacology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Resuscitation

    The emergency procedure applied to individuals with no pulse to restore them to consciousness.

  • Emergency medicine

    Emergency medicine is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

  • Medical informatics

    The processes and tools used for the analysis and dissemination of medical data through computerized systems.

  • Surgery

    The essential procedures in surgical practice such as the principle of safe surgery, the pathophysiology of wound healing, knot tying, tissue handling, retraction and any other instruments and procedures used in the operating room.

  • Sterilization techniques

    The methods and techniques used to destroy or remove microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria that can contaminate medical instruments or any type of material in a health care setting.

  • Intensive care medicine

    Medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening conditions.

  • Surgical asepsis

    The way to keep equipment and surfaces sterile to prevent infections during medical care.

Skills

  • Assess patients after surgery

    Examine and assess the patient after the surgical procedure, checking the patient`s condition and helping with transferring the patient from the operating room.

  • Maintain anaesthetic machinery

    Check and maintain anaesthetic and life support machines to ensure full functionality in the operating room during the procedures.

  • Manage healthcare users' data

    Keep accurate client records which also satisfy legal and professional standards and ethical obligations in order to facilitate client management, ensuring that all clients' data (including verbal, written and electronic) are treated confidentially.

  • Deal with emergency care situations

    Assess the signs and be well-prepared for a situation that poses an immediate threat to a person's health, security, property or environment.  

  • Ensure the positioning of the patient for surgery

    Create conditions for the most advantageous positioning of the patient in preparation for surgery, working from the surgeon`s indications, making sure the patient is safe and comfortable.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Monitor patient's vital signs

    Monitor and analyse vital signs of heart, respiration, and blood pressure.

  • Manage infection control in the facility

    Implement a set of measures to prevent and control infections, formulating and establishing health and safety procedures and policies.

  • Undertake healthcare examination

    Assess the healthcare user's physical state, taking detailed information on previous injuries, surgery, general health, resources and lifestyle into account.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Monitor stock level

    Evaluate how much stock is used and determine what should be ordered.

  • Monitor patients during surgery

    Observe and monitor patients during surgery, responding quickly to any changes.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

  • Administer anaesthetics to patients

    Provide anaesthetics to patients for surgery and intensive care using local anaesthetic for a minor operation on a small area of the body, regional anaesthetic such as an epidural, and general anaesthetic.

  • Dispose medical waste

    Carry out the appropriate technique to safely dispose all types of medical waste such as infective, toxic and radioactive waste.

  • Order supplies for anaesthesia services

    Order for the anaesthesia department medical supplies related to the equipment, tools and medication used for the operating procedures.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage adverse reactions to anaesthesia positions for surgical procedures ensure proper visualisation of the operating site techniques of blood-sampling employ foreign languages in care manage acute pain endoscopy medical terminology instruct on allergic reactions to anaesthetics assist with hemostasis perform venepuncture procedures radiation protection use venepuncture procedure equipment