Job Description

Job Title: Anesthesia Technician
Job ID: 739103
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Flex
Hours: Day with Rotation
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Anesthesiology
Location: , Altoona PA


Flex Full Time - Day with Rotation and Call

This is a union (AFSCME) position

Posted: 11/8/2018

Responsible for supporting the anesthesia providers in the provision of anesthesia care by: providing technical assistance in the set up, operation and maintenance of equipment, maintaining supplies, cleaning supplies, equipment and work areas and stocking anesthesia carts. Also responsible for assisting personnel in running errands such as retrieving blood and blood products, transporting specimens to the lab, etc. The focus of this position is to facilitate the turnover of operating rooms between cases and to ready the rooms for the delivery of patient care by professional anesthesia personnel.


  • Assists anesthesia providers in preparing and setting up for cases by locating, preparing and providing to them the appropriate equipment and supplies, including setting up pressure monitoring systems, IV infusion sets, etc.
  • Assists in Holding Room and PACU as directed by supervisor.
  • Assists in stocking and cleaning other anesthesia areas as directed by supervisor. Responsible for maintaining and cleaningall anesthesia equipment; i.e., endotubes, laryngoscopes, LMA's, blades, etc., and replacing in appropriate areas.
  • Assists with orientation of new staff as directed by management.
  • Dusts and cleans shelves that hold equipment/supplies. Stocks shelves with IV solutions and needed supplies.
  • Employee complies with established occupational exposure policies. Reports potential safety hazards and needed repairs to appropriate personnel. Utilizes hospital policy to meet JCAHO and OSHA requirements. Adheres to universal precautions.
  • Needs to be present in the anesthesia workroom/OR suite at all times other than scheduled breaks or when off the floor performing job related duties, in order to be available to anesthesia providers caring for patients in the OR.
  • Performs other similar and related duties upon request by supervisor or anesthesia providers.
  • Provides assistance to anesthesia providers during cardiac/general surgeries as needed. (assists in transporting equipment/patients, transports specimens to the lab etc.)
  • Responds appropriately to emergency situations as directed by anesthesia providers.
  • Responsible for cleaning and stocking disposable equipment on all anesthesia machines in the Operating Rooms, as well as those in the OB C-Section Rooms and Epidural Cart as well as the carts maintainedfor special procedures outside of the Operating Room.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all technical equipment is in good working order, readily available and appropriately maintained. Maintains equipment service log. Refers appropriately to chief CRNA/Nurse Manager/ Biomed.
  • Responsible for maintaining sufficient and appropriate supplies in all anesthesia areas. Responsible for maintaining all anesthesia carts-assuring they are clean and stocked with appropriate supplies.
  • Responsible for making sure the equipmentis placed in its proper location at the end of the day or shift. Reports any equipment in need of repair or missing.
  • Responsible for ordering all supplies via traveling requisition book or informing management when special supplies needordered. Responsible for notifying supervisor when supplies are on backorder.
  • Responsible for the availability, preparation, set up, breakdown, decontamination, and maintenance of departmental monitoring equipment and other specialized mechanical/ electrical devices. Maintains thorough familiarity with the operation of all such equipment.
  • Retrieves and returns blood/blood products from the Blood Bank as required.
  • Retrieves and transports lab specimens from ancillary departments as requested.



High School graduate or equivalent. Must be able to take call as established by written policy that may result in employee working more than eight hours in one day. Two years experience as an anesthesia technician or equivalent preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $12.76 / hour

Union Position: Yes

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