An anesthesia assistant (AA) is an advanced practice health care professional, regulated as a member of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario or the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Key Responsibilities of Anesthesia Assistants
The AA plays an important role in the Anesthesia Care Team with unique responsibilities to both surgical and non-surgical patients, as well as to the Anesthesia Department. An AA may work in many different areas and have varied duties.
Main OR Service
Monitoring of Patients under General Anesthesia
Performance of Conscious Sedation in the following areas:
Preoperative Assessment and Patient Preparation
Intraoperative Anesthesia Management
Postoperative Patient Care
Assistance with Peripheral and Neuraxial Blockade
Anesthesia Crisis Management