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Anesthesia Technician

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE
  • Purpose of Job
    • Assist anesthesia practitioners and operating room personnel to ensure that operative/anesthesia care needs are met. Performs a variety of technical and supportive patient care tasks including stocking anesthesia/other supplies, maintaining supply inventories, cleaning and/or sterilizing equipment after use according to infection control policies, providing assistance to anesthesia practitioners, keeping the department clean, and other duties as assigned.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High School diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) required.
      • Satisfactory completion of annual mandatory education requirements.

    • Experience
      • Operating room and/or hospital experience preferred. 

    • License/Certifications
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification preferred.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with hospital personnel, patients, and the public. 
      • Requires knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word, (equivalent to Level I experience for all programs); ability to learn materials management inventory system. 
      • Ability to analyze product/supply literature, manage inventory needs. 
      • Ability to prioritize time and tasks according to the needs of patients and the Department of Anesthesia without prompting. 
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Maintenance of Anesthesia Machines
        • Placing clean circuits on machines at the beginning of each day and after a case is completed.
        • Ensure anesthetic agents are available for the days' cases and check expiration dates.
        • Maintain sodasorb to ensure proper filtering of anesthesia machines. (Change when color indicates)
        • Terminally clean anesthesia machines daily to ensure a clean environment.
        • Ensure reusable equipment is clean. (e.g., blood pressure cuffs).
        • Place clean back circuits on appropriate machines weekly.
        • Knowledgeable in the location and ability to change O2 tanks when empty.
        • Ensure all cables, cuffs and lines attached to the anesthesia machine are available.
        • Ensure suction apparatus and supplies are available.

      • Maintenance of Anesthesia Monitors
        • Demonstrates ability to troubleshoot problems with monitoring equipment.
        • Check all cables and lines attached to the anesthesia monitoring equipment.

      • Maintenance of Anesthesia Carts/Omnicell
        • Clean Medication Carts daily to ensure a clean environment.
        • Ensure sharps containers are changed when appropriate fill levels are met.
        • Restock medication carts with supplies as designated on the inventory list.
        • Ensure supplies fit in drawers in a neat and orderly fashion.
        • Check all supplies monthly for outdates.
        • Ensure top of cart is free of debris.
        • Dispose of contaminated materials in accordance with infection control policy.

      • Maintenance of Difficult Airway Cart
        • Ensure Cart is stocked with necessary airway supplies.
        • Identify all components of intubating scopes to recognize when pieces missing.
        • Place intubating scope in appropriate container prior to sending to Sterile Processing.
        • Demonstrates procedure to troubleshoot any malfunction of scope, i.e., broken fibers.

      • Maintenance of Malignant Hyperthermia Tote
        • Ensure tote is stocked with appropriate supplies.
        • Ensure tote checked for outdates.
        • Return outdated medication to pharmacy when applicable.
        • Know location of tote and ensure it is available when needed.

      • Maintenance and cleaning of Reusable Equipment (Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA's), Glidescope, Laryngoscope Blades, etc.)
        • Differentiate between techniques of cleaning, high level disinfecting and sterilizing.
        • Follows infection control policy/procedure for cleaning of re-usable equipment (enzymatic cleaning, storage, etc).
        • Inspect for rubber break down on LMA's and Fastrach.
        • Cleans the exterior casing of Bard InfusOR, Computer Assisted Drug Design (CADD) Prizm Pumps.
        • Cleans Blood Pressure Cuffs.
        • Able to locate and retrieve anesthesia equipment from sterile processing.

      • Maintenance of inventories ensuring all areas clean and neat.
        • Demonstrates ability to identify supplies by name to ensure accuracy in stocking of supplies.
        • Maintain appropriate levels of inventory.
        • Understands the importance of monitoring expiration dating by rotating stock.
        • Maintain appropriate levels of supplies and medications on cart used for stocking surgical suites.
        • Ensure that surgical suites are stocked and prepared for all cases.
        • Demonstrates ability to identify when supplies need to be ordered and notify appropriate personnel.
        • Demonstrates understanding of special order items and time constraints on delivery.
        • Check in supplies ordered and place in appropriate location for storage.

      • Maintenance of the Anesthesia supply room.
        • Performing minor housekeeping duties as required, e.g., fold towels.
        • Maintenance of batteries in anesthesia equipment, e.g., Bard Infusion Pumps.
        • Maintain a clean, uncluttered environment to allow a safe environment.
        • Restock inventory that is stored in the anesthesia supply room.
        • Check medications for outdates and return to pharmacy.
        • Knowledgeable in the set up of O2 transport.

      • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the customer, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment, as outlined in the Age Specific Criteria.
        • Communicates to adolescent, young adult, middle adult, and geriatric customer.
        • Communicates health issues to adolescent, young adult, middle adult, and geriatric customer.
        • Communicates safety issues to adolescent, young adult, middle adult, and geriatric customer.

      • Responds to needs of physicians and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's) throughout the day.
        • Available to respond to requests during cases; answers pages in a timely manner.
        • Available to clean rooms to ensure a timely turnover between cases.
        • Available to assist with patients while physician administers an epidural.
        • Provide assistance while recognizing practice limitations.

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.
        • Assists others as needed to assure pre, peri-, and post-operative needs of the patient is met.
        • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability.
        • Able to work and interact effectively with others.
        • Responds to constructive criticism positively.
        • Able to read surgery schedule/Navicare and adjust work flow appropriately.
        • Understands the importance of proper operating room attire.
        • Demonstrates proper body mechanics to prevent injury.
        • Maintains a clean work environment.
        • Uphold rules concerning patient confidentiality and privacy.
        • Understand all safety procedures and principles (e.g., fires in the Operating Room).

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Date Posted October 5, 2022
Date Closes December 4, 2022
Requisition 25645
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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