Programme Coordinator, Dr Mohamed Yusif Babiker
An Anaesthesia Assistant is a specially trained, health professional who participates in the care of the stable surgical patient during general, regional, or conscious sedation anaesthesia through medical directives under the supervision of the anesthesiologist. Anaesthesiologist assistants operate anaesthesia equipment, monitor patients and provide quality anaesthesia care. They accompany the patient before, during and after anaesthesia to ensure quality and continuity of care. Anaesthesiologist assistants are trained to assist in life-saving measures, such as CPR, and life support. Anaesthesiologist assistants are in high demand, because of the need for skilled personnel to deliver anaesthesia. Anaesthesiologist assistants operate as physician extenders, performing critical tasks that ensure the safety of the patient and promote optimal health outcomes.
Anaesthesiologist assistants generally find employment in hospitals in the surgical and emergency care departments. Sterile, cool, and brightly illuminated operating rooms are the normal work environment for anaesthesiologist. They conduct much of their work on their feet and are often on call on weekends and evenings. Reporting to the supervising anesthesiologist, assistants are subject to close scrutiny and direction.