Anaesthesia Assistant

Work Area: 
Operating Room
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Patient Care Support
Support Services
Acute Care Hospital


Reporting to the Supervisor, Anaesthesia Assistant and under the direction of the Anaesthetist, performs duties related to the care of patients having an anaesthetic in the operating room, cardiac procedure rooms and in satellite areas such as Radiology, MRI, the GI Clinic, The Orthopedic Daycare Centre and the Eye Room at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines as outlined by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS). The position provides direct patient care, including pre and post operative assessment of patients, and psycho-social support pre-operatively and during the induction phase of anaesthesia.

The Anaesthesia Assistant provides monitored care in the procurement of intravenous lines, arterial lines and assistance with central line catheters. Performs duties related to the management of the airway, ventilation, monitoring techniques and the maintenance/titration of anaesthesia. The position prepares, tests and maintains the integrity of equipment for use in anaesthesia in accordance with the Canadian Standards Association, administers prescribed pharmacologist agents under the direction of the Anaesthetist and charts clinical findings. The Anaesthesia Assistant responds as a key member of the cardiac arrest and malignant hyperthermia response teams, provides diagnostic data for the Anaesthetist, teaches students and contributes to the development and evaluation of clinical materials and program planning and procedures.


Graduation from a recognized school in Respiratory Therapy. Completion of an accredited post-graduate Anaesthesia Assistant Program. Three (3) years’ recent related clinical care experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Eligibility for registration with the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT). Recent Basic Cardiac Life Support certification.


Assists in the preparation of the patient for surgery and ensures patient comfort by providing psycho-social support pre-operatively and during the induction phase of anaesthesia, including explaining procedures and answering questions. Consults with the Anaesthetist to establish an anaesthetic plan for patient management. Provides pre and post-operative assessment of patients by performing an anesthetic risk and airway assessment and determining the general physical status of the patient.

Advises the Anaesthetist of the patient’s status. Prepares, tests, and maintains the integrity of equipment for use in anaesthesia, including anaesthesia machines, intubation equipment, fiber optic laryngoscope, breathing circuits, ventilators, scavenging devices, monitoring devices, infusion pumps/lines and blood gas lines through methods such as setting up, calibrating, operating and monitoring the equipment. Identifies malfunctions, carries out minor maintenance in accordance with Canadian Standards Association and liaises with Biomedical Engineering and/or vendor(s) to maintain optimal performance of equipment.