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What is the typical job description for AAs?

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    Posted: 14 Nov 2007 at 10:17am

From the ASA website:
The specific job descriptions and duties of AAs may differ according to geographic area and local practice. State law or board of medicine regulations or guidelines may further define the job descriptions of AAs. AAs practice under the direction of a qualified anesthesiologist.

The AA’s functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making the initial approach to a patient of any age in any setting to obtain a preliminary preanesthetic health history, perform an appropriate preanesthetic physical examination and record pertinent data in an organized and legible manner for review by an anesthesiologist. These activities help to define the patient's current physical status as it relates to the planned anesthetic.
  • Performing or assisting in the conduct of diagnostic laboratory and related studies as appropriate, such as drawing arterial and venous blood samples.
  • Establishing noninvasive and invasive routine monitoring modalities as delegated by the responsible anesthesiologist.
  • Assisting in the application and interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques such as pulmonary artery catheterization, electroencephalographic spectral analysis, echocardiography and evoked potentials.
  • Assisting in inducing, maintaining and altering anesthesia levels, administering adjunctive treatment and providing continuity of anesthetic care into and during the postoperative recovery period.
  • Assisting in the use of advanced life support techniques such as high frequency ventilation and intra-arterial cardiovascular assist devices.
  • Assisting in making postanesthesia patient rounds by recording patient progress notes, compiling and recording case summaries and by transcribing standing and specific orders.
  • Performing evaluation and treatment procedures essential to responding to life-threatening situations, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on the basis of established protocols (basic life support, advance cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support).
  • Assisting in the performance of duties in intensive care units, pain clinics and other settings, as appropriate.
  • Training and supervising personnel in the calibration, trouble shooting and use of patient monitors.
  • Performing delegated administrative duties in an anesthesiology practice or anesthesiology department in such areas as the management of personnel, supplies and devices.
  • Assisting in the clinical instruction of others.
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M-F 8-5, with an average salary of $75 per hour plus overtime if you want it.  You will put in some lines, intubate and catch up on your reading during the procedure.
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  Quote elipscombs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2009 at 9:08am
As an AA, do you have to draw blood from patients or actually hook up IV's to them?  Also i saw where you said the average Hourly pay is $75 an hour, is that starting out or after years of work?  Also is it mainly M-F good hours?
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