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Anesthesiologist Assistants help Anesthesiologists in administering anesthesia for various surgical and non-surgical procedures. They also calibrate all anesthesia delivery systems before the procedure. During procedures, they monitor patients and their vital signs in order to ensure that they are stable. If there is a problem, Anesthesiologist Assistants may provide airway management interventions, like tracheal intubation, ventilary support, or fiber optics, or may provide other emergency support like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac support (BLS), or other interventions. In more routine situations, they may administer blood products or fluids, or assist Anesthesiologists during electrocardiograms (EKGs). They additionally take measurements of heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, hematocrit, or other vital signs. They are also responsible for collecting diagnostic samples, documenting patients’ progress, and collecting and documenting patients’ medical histories.

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Anesthesiologist Assistants use a wide range of medical, laboratory, and clerical tools and technologies. These may include ventilators and inhalers, catheters, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), cardiac output monitors, electrocardiography units, blood pressure units, endotracheal tubes, and intracranial pressure monitoring units. They may also need to use laryngoscopes and medical stethoscopes as well as oximeters, digital spirometers, and peripheral nerve stimulators. In addition, Anesthesiologist Assistants use medical software to document their patients’ histories, treatments, and progress. These include Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR, Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE, Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Integrity, and WRSHealth EMR.

Because their careers are closely related to Anesthesiologists’, Anesthesiologists Assistants need to have a strong foundation in medicine, dentistry, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. In addition, they need to stay up-to-date on new developments in the field. Good communication skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are vital, as is the ability to understand and process large amounts of technical information quickly and easily. Lastly, their interaction with patients requires a high level of customer service. Solid listening and monitoring skills and the ability to spring into action quickly in case of a medical emergency are essential. In the same vein, they must have strong near vision, perceptual speed, hand-arm steadiness, and finger dexterity. All of these characteristics are necessary for Anesthesiologists Assistants to carry out specific technical tasks precisely.

Anesthesiologist Assistants’ salaries and rates of employment are skyrocketing nationwide. In Colorado and Georgia, their rates are expected to increase by over 50%, with states as diverse as Nevada, Florida and Tennessee all well over 40%. In most of the country, they earn roughly between $60,000 and $120,000, though the best-paid Anesthesiologist Assistants in California can make closer to $160,000 per year. That said, in other states, such as Texas, the lowest-paid salaries might be as low as $40,000, depending on an individual’s experience and level of education.

Below are some employment trends for Anesthesiologists Assistants:

  • Median Salary: $53.97 hourly, $112,260 annually
  • Employment: 118,800 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Much faster than average (11% or Higher)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 11,500
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2014-2022 employment projections]

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