Anesthesiologist Assistant

Karla Delgado

Educational Requirements

An Anesthesiologist Assistant is a highly skilled professional who works under the medical direction of an Anesthesiologist.The assistant works as an important member of the anesthesia care team.

The educational requirements to become an Anesthesiologist Assistant are..

  • A bachelors degree with an emphasis in the sciences such as chemistry and also a completion of pre-medical school curriculum for admission to an anesthesiologist assistant program.
  • A masters degree from an educational program including classroom and clinical work.

Existing and Potential Hazards

Anesthesiologist and anesthesiologist assistants can be exposed to a wide array of potential hazards that can be detrimental to the overall health. Not only do the hazards affect the general health but could also be extremely threatening in various of other ways that can increase the potential risks of morbidity and mortality.

Types of hazards:

  • Biological Hazards
  • Mechanical Hazards
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Physical Hazards
  • Personal Hazards

Ethical and Legal Issues

Ethical Guidelines

  1. The patient-physician relationship involves special obligations for the physician that include placing the patient’s interests foremost, faithfully caring for the patient and being truthful.
  2. Anesthesiologist should provide preoperative evaluation and care and should facilitate the process of informed decision-making, especially regarding the choice of anesthetic technique.
  3. Anesthesiologist should keep confidential patients medical and personal information.

Ethical Challenges encompass with a range of issues described by anesthesiologist, including patient wishes not honored, patient and family wishes conflict with medical judgement, patient decision-making capacity, and upholding professional standards.

Legal Issue: Anesthesia Malpractice can occur at any time during the surgical process. Because an Anesthesiologist's job is one that has zero room to for error and the fact that medical insurance premiums for anesthesiologist are the higher then other medical specialties.

Infection: Swine Flu

Swine Flu is a human respiratory infection that was caused by an influenza that started off from pigs. It can be spread by coughing or sneezing, touching a contaminated surface or sharing drinks. Besides having a high probability of contracting the infection from a patient, anesthesiologist assistants had to compromise with pulmonary function with those patients. To prevent from getting the infection, but Anesthesiologist Assistants can minimize the risk by using protective clothing, wearing of masks and gloves during suctioning and other oral procedures.
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