INTRODUCTION TO ANESTHESIATECHNOLOGY :
Anaesthesia means loss of sensation medication that cause anaesthesia are called anaesthetics.Anaesthetics are used during test and surgical procedures to prevent and discomfort.
An Anaesthesia Technologist is a non-physician anaesthesia provider qualified by advanced education and clinical training to work cooperatively with an anaesthesiologist in developing and implementing the anaesthesia care plan.
Works under the medical direction of an anaesthesiologist as a part of the Anaesthesia Care Team (ACT).
Qualification of Anaesthesia Technologist:
Four years Bachelor’s degree programme:
B.Sc( Allied Health Sciences) Anaesthesia Technology
Subjects covered in Anaesthesia Technology:
Applied Anatomy & Physiology related to Anaesthesia Technology
Pharmacology related to Anaesthesia Technology
Principles of Anaesthesia- 1
Principles of Anaesthesia- 2
Anaesthetic techniques in Regional & General Anaesthesia including complications
Anaesthetic techniques in Regional & General Anaesthesia including complications-
Basic Principles of Hospital Management
Anaesthesia for specialities-1 (including critical care assistance & ventilation)
Anaesthesia for specialities-2 (including critical care assistance & ventilation)
Health Care Management
Hospital Products, Promotion, Sales and Public Relations
Physician’s Office Management
Trauma Care Life Support
Cardiac Life Support
Internship including Project
Role of Anaesthesia Technologist/Job Description:
The Anaesthesia Technologist provides support to the anaesthesia providers for routine and complex surgical cases before, during and after anaesthesia care.
In this role, the AT may work in a variety of clinical settings such as
- Hospital operating rooms,
- Interventional and diagnostic radiology,
- Post anaesthesia care units,
- Intensive care units,
- Cardiac catheterization laboratories,
- Emergency rooms,
- Dental suites, and Ambulatory surgery centres.
The scope of practice may differ slightly in relation to local practice, and is usually defined by the medically directing anesthesiologist, the hospital's clinical protocol procedures, the state’s board of medicine, and state regulations.
Roles and Responsibilities :
Intra-operative management :
Importance of Anaesthesia Technologist to society:
Identification, analysis, and clinical applications of technologies to advance yield of anaesthesia and to improve the lives of our patients
Interest for our member include sensor technologies to prevent respiratory arrest non-invasive alternatives to current monitors, hemodynamic monitors, to provide doctors with early warning of problems, data analysis to qualify best clinical practise.
Career avenues for Anaesthesia Technologists:
- in hospital operating rooms,
- in interventional and diagnostic radiology,
- in post anaesthesia care units,
- in intensive care units,
- in cardiac catheterization laboratories,
- in emergency rooms,
- In teaching and research.....etc.
Placement of Anaesthesia Technologist:
The job Placements for the anaesthesia technology have a wider opportunist, with
Essential Health offers competitive salary and benefits that include medical life insurance, paid time off, and continuing education including tuition reimbursement
Being a developing country and tremendous technological development in the care Industries the job and the career opportunities are wider.
Public health facilities in India are Unprepared as there are not enough specialists-clinicians and non-clinician-to serve the entire Country.
Many western countries like Malaysia,Ireland,Kuwait,USA,UK the wanted for the
Anaesthesia technology in more with good salary and satisfactory jobs. Even in the
Emirate this technology has been developed and providing a good carrier opportunities.
Many abroad countries has started this allied health anaesthesia technology programme.
Higher Education for Anaesthesia Technologist:
Master in anaesthesia technology is also available for the post-graduation, the duration of the course is Two years and candidates must have passed BSc anaesthesia technology from a recognized University within minimum of 50% marks in aggregate, after candidates are eligible the post-graduation to register for PhD and also they can become a lecturer for the anaesthesia technology.
Future for Anaesthesia Technologist:
There should continue to be a need for anaesthesia technology future as the number of people and Employmentcharacteristics. The AT/T provides support to the anesthesia providers for routine and complex surgical cases before, during and after anesthesia care. In this role, the AT/T may work in a variety of clinical settings such as hospital operating rooms, interventional and diagnostic radiology, post anesthesia care units, intensive care units, cardiac catheterization laboratories, emergency rooms, endoscopies, dental suites, and ambulatory surgery centers.
Mr. D. JAGADESWARAN
Lecturer in Dialysis Technology,
College of Allied Health Sciences,
Sri Ramachandra University,
No 1, Ramachandra Nagar,
Porur, Chennai – 600 116.