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What is an Anesthesia Technician
Anesthesia Technician Program
What is an Anesthesia Technician?
An Anesthesia Technician is:
- A vital member of the anesthesia care team
- A technical expert on the design, function,
and trouble-shooting of anesthesia equipment and
- A second pair of eyes, ears, and hands
during emergencies and difficult or technical
An Anesthesia Technician is not:
- An independent clinician.
- A doctor or nurse.
Key characteristics of an Anesthesia
- Ability to function with minimal supervision
in a fast-paced environment.
- Able to reprioritize duties on a continual
- Attention to detail.
In the United States, anesthesia technicians
currently fall into the category of “unlicensed
assistive personnel.” As such, the scope of practice
and duties assigned to an AT will vary from state to
state and from one facility to another.
A.T.’s are employed at larger acute care hospitals,
particularly at trauma, transplant, and teaching
facilities. They are also found in outpatient
surgery clinics and in some veterinary centers.
A.T.’s can also work as medical sales reps or as
independent contractors to plastic surgeons offices.
Facilities in San Diego County that employ
anesthesia technicians include Alvarado, Scripps
Green, Scripps Memorial, Scripps Mercy, Sharp
Grossmont, Sharp Mary Birch, Sharp Memorial, Sharp
Outpatient Pavilion, Palomar, Tri-City, UCSD
Hillcrest, UCSD Thornton, and VA Medical Center.