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Kaiser Permanente Cardiovascular Anesthesia Technician in San Francisco, California

The Cardiovascular (CV)/General Anesthesia Technician assists the Anesthesiologist &/or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) throughout all phases of the provision of anesthesia to patients undergoing cardiac & other surgical procedures, including setting up for the procedure & the operation, maintenance,& servicing of all anesthesia equipment. This also includes handing these functions for hospital locations where anesthesia srvs are used. i.e., Radiology, Labor & Delivery & ICU. This also involves various duties related to ordering & coordinating general anesthesia & pharmacy supplies.

Essential Functions:

• Performs assessment of the equipment requirements for the current day & future case load. This includes all pressure lines, regional supplies,& various other pieces of equipment.

• Maintains the knowledge required to maintain each piece of anesthesia equipment in a good working status.

• Maintains professional contact w/the various Depts involved in providing support to the Anesthesia Dept to allow a highly functional status.

• Demonstrates competency in specific technical skills as evidenced by skills/competency inventory.

• Must understand & participate in all regulatory requirements established by Kaiser & the labor Mgmt teams.

• Attends all required meetings to increase communication w/in Dept.

• Demonstrates an awareness of & sensitivity to patient/family rights & cultural/religious beliefs & age specific needs.

• Job Specific Criteria -Transports patients to & from operating room, w/& w/out the assistance of a physician, as appropriate to the condition of the patient.

• Prepares & sets up all required anesthesia-related equipment, including anesthesia machine, transesophageal echo, physiologic monitors, transducers,& pediatric & adult carts.

• Prepares invasive monitoring lines, including arterial, CVP, & PA lines.

• Preps patient in anticipation of invasive monitoring line placement.

• Applies monitoring devices to the patient & must be able to operate all common physiological monitors (i.e., EKG, Datex, pulse oximeter, CO2 monitor, Drager machine, I-Stat, Ultrasound, BP monitors cuffs, etc.)

• Assists w/proper positioning of the patient for invasive monitoring line insertion, introduction of spinal anesthesia, & induction of anesthesia.

• Assists the Anesthesiologist/CRNA w/ invasive line placement, induction of anesthesia, placement of transesophageal echo probe & other ultrasound devices.

• Troubleshoots anesthesia-related equipment failures, notifying & working w/Biomedical Engineering personnel when deemed appropriate.

• Cleans all anesthesia-related equipment after each patient use; cleans & decontaminates equipment per Sterile Processing Dept protocols.

• This includes the disassembly of equipment & sterilization in accordance to the Center for Disease Control guidelines, to prevent the spread of infectious & contagious diseases. This also includes maintaining & orchestrating the laryngoscope blade & fiber optic scopes per SP protocols.

• Checks all anesthesia supply stock levels, orders necessary supplies, & restocks supplies, as needed. Orders from Pharmacy & stocks all "nonscheduled drugs"; may have access to "nonscheduled drugs" via the Pyxis machine.

• Operates, calibrates,& performs routine maintenance on a variety of technical equipment used in the operating room, such as the Drager 6000, Drager Mobile, & MRI compatible anesthesia machines, CompuRecord, pulse oximeter, & rapid infusion/transfusion systems; identifies malfunctioning equipment, troubleshoots equipment problems, refers serious equipment problems to appropriate technical repair personnel when there are no established guidelines.

• Assists in the establishment & maintenance of a regular schedule of preventive maintenance & calibration of monitors utilized in the Admin of anesthesia.

• Performs related duties as assigned.

• Supervisory Responsibilities:This role has no supervisory responsibilities.

Grade 670

Basic Qualifications:Experience- One (1) to two (2) years of recent experience working as CV Anesthesia Technician required.Education- High School Diploma/GED required.License, Certification, Registration- N/A Additional Requirements:- General Anesthesia Technician experience required.- Ability to maintain and service all electronic and mechanical equipment, including testing, cleaning, calibrating, setting up, and reassembling of anesthesia-related equipment.- Knowledge of basic anatomy and medical terminology.- Proven record of ability to communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and other medical center personnel.- Ability to work flexible hours within the union guidelines.- Able to provide off-hour standby coverage and call for emergency surgical procedures, including CV and General.- Ability to function as a team member within the department and willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.- In all interactions with patients, members, physicians, staff, and visitors, demonstrates service-oriented behaviors that include culturally sensitive good manners, respect, and polite communications.- Demonstrates openness to creative and innovative approaches to providing service.- Demonstrated competency in but not limited to the following equipment: Drager, Philips monitors, i-Stat, Ultrasound devices, Hot Line and Rapid Transfusers.- Knowledge of basic anatomy, medical terminology, and treatment procedures commonly used in the administration of anesthesia.- Understanding of aseptic and infection control and demonstrates sterile protocols.- Excellent attendance and work record.- Service orientation.- Good verbal and written communication skills in English.- Demonstration of a service-oriented philosophy.- Able to perform all duties according to department specific functional and environmental requirements.- Computer skills in accordance with the requirements of the job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • AA in CV Technology or related degree preferred.- American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians, preferred.


TITLE: Cardiovascular Anesthesia Technician

LOCATION: San Francisco, California

REQNUMBER: 1066659

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.