What does an Anesthesia Tech do?

Anesthesia technicians help anesthesiologists to sedate patients before medical procedures and surgeries by preparing patients and equipment before a doctor arrives. Anesthesia technicians assist anesthesiologists, nurses, and other medical staff working on the anesthesia team. They fill out forms and medical charts with patient information and listing the procedure. They ensure the equipment used in surgical procedures is clean, maintained, and prepared and perform pre-operation responsibilities, including the anesthesia gas machine’s setup and checking the gas lines.

Anesthesia technicians prepare supplies for intubation, central breathing lines, and oxygen measurement tools. When surgery completes, anesthesia technicians enter the operating room to break the equipment down. They check, calibrate, and test the medical equipment and keep daily records of their inspections. They are required to troubleshoot identified problems, and if any equipment malfunctions, they ensure it's repaired or replaced. Anesthesia technicians need a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and graduation from an accredited program.

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Anesthesia Tech Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,639 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$25K
Median: $37K
$54K
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United Hospital CenterUnited Hospital Center
Anesthesia Technician
Apr 23, 2021

“Good nurses and doctors close to home”

Trinity HealthTrinity Health
Anesthesia Tech
Oct 9, 2021

“Great people to work with”

Beaumont HealthBeaumont Health
Anesthesia Tech
Jan 7, 2020

“Upper management not the best”

Brandon Regional HospitalBrandon Regional Hospital
Anesthesia Technician
Jun 23, 2021

“Great people to work with”

Albany Medical CenterAlbany Medical Center
Anesthesia Technician
Nov 29, 2021

“Great people who love to teach”

Texas Health ResourcesTexas Health Resources
Anesthesia Technician
Jun 8, 2021

“Annual reviews for salary increase reduced to percentage”

UT Health East TexasUT Health East Texas
Anesthesia Technician
Mar 25, 2021

“The Job security is fantastic.”

Baptist Health South FloridaBaptist Health South Florida
Anesthesia Technician
Jun 18, 2021

“med college student looking to advance my career.”

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