Administers anaesthetics to prevent pain and maintain major body function throughout surgical and related procedures.
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification, one years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training. Registration or licensing is required.
- examines patients to determine appropriate anaesthetic and sedation in concurrence with physicians and surgeons
- administers inhalation, intravenous, spinal and other anaesthetics
- monitors patients throughout surgical procedures and in immediate post-operative procedures
- records details of anaesthetic and sedation administered, and the condition of the patient before, during and after anaesthesia
- liaises with other health care workers to provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with chronic pain and to diagnose or treat patients requiring intensive care or resuscitation
- may instruct medical or associated staff and students on the symptoms of anaesthetic reaction and appropriate emergency measures