Anaesthetic Technician Kaihangarau Haurehu

Anaesthetic technicians assist anaesthetists during operations, and prepare operating theatres and clinics for anaesthetic procedures.

Anaesthetic technicians must be registered with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand and hold an Annual Practising Certificate.

Anaesthetic technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • check and set up life support and anaesthetic machines
  • inform and reassure patients, and check for conditions that could create problems under anaesthesia
  • help anaesthetists place patients' breathing tubes and intravenous lines
  • help anaesthetists administer anaesthetics, including local anaesthetics and nerve blocks
  • watch patients and monitor their vital signs (such as heartbeat)
  • decontaminate, sterilise or dispose of equipment and materials used in operations
  • assist with care after operations and insert catheters into patients.

Physical Requirements

Anaesthetic technicians need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong because they often need to move equipment and patients.

Useful Experience

Experience in the medical field is useful for anaesthetic technicians.

Personal Qualities

Anaesthetic technicians need to be:

  • able to remain calm in emergencies and work well under pressure
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good communicators who are able to relate to people from a range of cultures
  • comfortable working around sick and injured people.

Useful Experience

Experience in the medical field is useful for anaesthetic technicians.

Subject Recommendations

To enter a training position and the Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology), you need to have at least 48 NCEA Level 2 credits.

These must include eight Level 2 credits, all in one of:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth and space science
  • physics
  • science.

Maths and Level 3 biology are also useful.

Anaesthetic Technicians can earn around $39K-$49K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Anaesthetic Technician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Anaesthetic technicians may move into managerial or trainer roles.

Anaesthetic technicians can specialise in certain departments or procedures, including:

  • paediatrics (working with children)
  • emergency and resuscitation
  • transplants
  • specialised surgery such as neurosurgery (brain surgery) or cardiothoracic surgery (for heart and lung-related conditions)
  • using specialist equipment for cell saving (removing a patient's own blood or blood products, then later returning them to the patient's body).
Anaesthetic Technician

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