Anesthesia Assistant

St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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The Anesthesia Assistant works as a member of the Anesthetic Care Team, providing clinical care and assistance to the Department of Anesthesia in all areas of the Operating Room (OR), Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU), Pre Admission Facility, Surgical Day Care, Regional Room, Labour and Delivery, Diagnostic Imaging, Cystoscopy, Endoscopy, and all other related areas where anesthesia may be involved. The Anesthesia Assistant will do so in accordance with the professional standards, hospital policies, medical directives and physician orders.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Provides a range of clinical anesthesia services for the Perioperative patient in relation to the care and management of patients undergoing anesthesia
Performs comprehensive pre, intra, and post-operative assessments of patients by using clinical knowledge and critical thinking to design the appropriate care plan
Provides appropriate monitoring, interventions and clinical management according to certification and scope of practice
Practices in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines as outlined by the Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society (CAS)
Participates in teaching of students during their OR clinical rotation
Participates in anesthesia related research
Acts as a resource for anesthesia assistant related practice, equipment and supplies
Performs other duties as requested by the Anesthetic Care Team, the Perioperative Leadership Team, and/or the Chief of Anesthesia
Ensures effective and safe patient care by demonstrating continuous improvement, education, and awareness of best practices

Qualifications/Skills:
Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Therapy Program or Nursing Program is required
Current registration in good standing with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario or College of Nurses of Ontario (CRTO) is required
Successful completion of an accredited Anesthesia Assistant Program
Certified in Basic & Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BCLS and ACLS) is required
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification an asset
Minimum of 1 year of experience as an Anesthesia Assistant is required
Minimum of 2 years of Operating Room experience is required
Minimum of 2 years of Critical Care experience is preferred
Demonstrated proficiency with pre-anesthetic preparation, induction, maintenance, and alteration of anesthesia, administration of adjunctive treatment, emergence and continuity of care into and during time in PACU
Demonstrated proficiency in airway management and manual ventilation with and without an established advanced airway (ETT and/or LMA)
Demonstrated proficiency in intravenous line insertion and arterial line insertion
Demonstrated proficiency with mechanical ventilation skills (invasive and non-invasive) including appropriate application, settings and adjustments based on clinical picture and ABG/VBG interpretation
Demonstrated proficiency with point of care testing
Current Blood Module certifications an asset
Excellent knowledge and demonstrated advanced ability to assess patient responses to care during anesthesia
Demonstrated excellent and effective communication skills using all modalities. Able to speak effectively with patients, families and colleagues
Demonstrated excellent team membership and leadership including participation and leading education sessions for staff and students
Must be willing to work all shifts to meet the requirements of the program needs.