Surgical Services Worcester, Massachusetts


Position at UMass Memorial Medical Center

Requisition #: 190446

Title: Anesthesia Technician

Department:  Anesthesiology

Grade: TEC6

Posting Date: November 14, 2018

Status: Non-Exempt

Shift: Days

Union:  UFCW

Hours: 40

Shift Length: 8 hours

Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus

Day Flex
Mon thru Fri
every other weekend
on-call and holiday, weekend and shift rotation

UMass Memorial Medical Center is the region's trusted academic medical center, and part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. We are committed to improving the health of people in Central Massachusetts through excellence in care, comprehensive health services, teaching and research.

Position Summary:

Performs a variety of duties including set up and maintenance of equipment, order and stock supplies, patient care and related duties.

Position Qualifications:

Knowledge of a variety of patient care and anesthesia procedures. Equivalent to high school plus additional specialized training and three to twelve months experience.

Major Responsibilities:

Assists in the application of various types of monitors and equipment such as 3 and 5 lead ECG, NIBP, pulse oximetry, defibrillators, external packemakers, thrombelastograph, rapid infusion system, etc. Places and removes electrocardiograph leads and blood pressure cuff. Assists staff with airway management as directed. Assists in the positioning of patients as required.

Places IV solutions in blood/fluid warmer according to standard procedure. Sets up warming devices as required. Prepares transducer IV and flush system for arterial pressure and Swan Ganz monitoring lines. Sets up malignant hyperthermia machine in designated rooms. Removes all triggering agents. Tests equipment and lines for proper operation and leaks. Assists in insertion of invasive monitoring such as Swan Catheters, Continuous Cardiac Output Catheters, etc.

Assists in transportation of patients. Observes monitoring equipment to ensure equipment connections. Reports discrepancies to physicians or others.

Observes patients (physical appearance, attitude, etc.) and alerts physician or others to observations.

Draws arterial, venous, mixed venous samples from existing invasive monitoring lines and finger stick blood samples. Performs appropriate tests and reports test results to Anesthetist or others. Performs quality assurance tests on equipment such as glucometer, Hemo Q, defibrillators, etc. Record results.

May conduct daily operation, calibration and maintenance of blood gas analyzers and other anesthesia equipment. Performs laboratory quality control per established standards. Participates in laboratory surveys as required. Maintains inventory of laboratory supplies.

Sets up intravenous solutions for surgical cases according to standard procedure.

Responds to and assists in emergency situations. Assists with blood and fluid resuscitation and difficult intrabation as directed. Retrieves and sets up defibrillator. Ensures availability of medications.

Troubleshoots defectives equipment. Performs minor repairs. Reports defective equipment to the Biomedical Engineering and follows-up with supervisor or others as required. Checks oxygen, nitrous oxide and air tanks. Replaces as required.

Orders and maintains supplies. Follows up on back orders. Monitors supplies and medications for expiration date.

Maintains stock for supply and monitoring carts according to standard procedure. Decontaminates carts as required. Washes and sterilizes reusable equipment and anesthetic machine as required. Restocks and places clean equipment in rooms as required.

Complies with established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives.

Attends variety of meetings, conferences, and seminars as required or directed.

Demonstrates use of quality improvement in daily operations.

Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.

Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

All responsibilities are essential job functions.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMHC recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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