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Stanford Health Care Anesthesia Technician - Evenings in Palo Alto, California

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The Anesthesia Technician is responsible for clinically supporting the activities of the Department of Anesthesia. Activities include: provision of supplies and equipment as well as performing a variety of tasks including indirect patient care that help ensure the safe and cost effective delivery of anesthetic patient care.

Essential Functions: The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

  • Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

  • Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Actively participates in quality control, quality assurance and preventative maintenance activities.

  • Assists in the evaluation of new products by providing feedback regarding use.

  • Assists with record keeping and patient charges.

  • Assures replacement or repair of malfunctioning equipment.

  • Attends and participates in equipment and supply in-services, evaluations, and staff meetings.

  • Contributes in a positive manner to unit and department; supports team culture.

  • Correctly checks and sets up all equipment and supplies utilized by the Department of Anesthesia including anesthesia machines, monitors, invasive lines, non-controlled pharmaceuticals and other tasks as requested by Anesthesia.

  • Identifies and shares recommendations for containing costs in assigned area.

  • Maintains an effective working relationship with staff, managers, physicians, patients and their families.

  • Maintains and services equipment by cleaning, and if requested, by sterilizing, assembling, and testing, troubleshooting, requisitioning and receiving of inspections and maintenance.

  • May assist the anesthesia provider with intra-operative fluid management including volume resuscitation.

  • Participates in the monitoring and documenting of quality improvement issues

  • Participates on unit, department or hospital committees as requested.

  • Performs housekeeping/stocking duties in order to maintain a clean, safe work environment.

  • Practices aseptic techniques according to established standards of care and infection control policies.

  • Prepares and maintains patient monitoring devices and anesthesia delivery systems before, during and after anesthesia.

  • Prepares and operates auto transfusion equipment.

  • Proactively uses the problem solving process to identify, prevent or resolve inter-or intradepartmental problems.

  • Properly disposes of non-controlled pharmaceuticals.

  • Responsible for self-assessment of skill level and seeking resources to learn new skills, equipment, or procedures to maintain currency in position.

  • Supports administrative decisions and assures implementation and compliance with all department, institutional and regulatory policies and procedures.

  • Works with clinical educator to orient new staff members and students to the role of anesthesia technician as requested.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • Experience: One (1) year of directly related work experience

  • License/Certification: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to be flexible in assignments

  • Ability to learn and evaluate new equipment and procedures quickly

  • Ability to provide appropriate care based on the needs of the

  • individual taking into consideration age, culture, and developmental issues

  • Ability to respond with flexibility to unusual and emergent situations, remain calm in stressful and emergency situations

  • Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English effectively at a level appropriate for the job

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties during time of stress

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds

  • Knowledge of location, operation, calibration, and maintenance of anesthesia equipment and supplies

  • Knowledge of operating room procedures, aseptic techniques and infection control policies

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.

At Stanford Health Care, we seek to provide patients with the very best in diagnosis and treatment, with outstanding quality, compassion and coordination. With an unmatched track record of scientific discovery, technological innovation and translational medicine, Stanford Medicine physicians are pioneering leading edge therapies today that will change the way health care is delivered tomorrow.

As part of our spirit of discovery, we also leverage our deep relationships with luminary Silicon Valley companies to develop new ways to deliver preeminent patient care.

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