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A Look at Anesthesia Technology and the Need for Trained Professionals

March 26, 2009 SBC-Houston 0 Comments

While most of us have heard of anesthesia, many may not know what anesthesia technology is. Anesthesia technicians play an important role in today's healthcare system. Anesthesia technicians work with anesthesiologists to monitor patients' well-being while anesthetized during medical and dental operations. Anesthesia technicians also prepare and maintain equipment used for anesthesia. Depending upon the healthcare facility, anesthesia technicians may also work to ensure that proper procedures are followed during and after anesthetics are administered.

The anesthesia technician is responsible for the care, maintenance and functioning of equipment and monitoring supplies used by the anesthesia department.He/she is also called upon to assist anesthesia providers with direct, non-nursing patient care as requested. These are very important tasks and require diligent and highly-trained technicians. Many anesthesia technicians are trained in anesthesia technology classes and anesthesia technology courses.

The anesthesia technician can also work collaboratively with nurses and surgical technicians, service equipment technicians and many more medical professionals. This requires strong communication and team building skills. Many of these positions work hand-in-hand with one another to help patients.

The Need for Trained Anesthesia Technicians
Due to the aging population and advances in healthcare, there are new opportunities for trained healthcare professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry. Seven of the twenty fastest growing occupations are health care related. Job opportunities should be good in all employment settings. Anesthetists rely on anesthesia technicians to assist them in the operating room everyday.

Anesthesia Technology Courses
Anesthesia technology courses are available throughout the country to help train emerging professionals to pursue a career in this field. Anesthesia technology classes help prepare students with a solid foundation of classroom knowledge coupled with a strong externship program that allows students to build real hands-on experience. Anesthesia technology classes that include externships allow students to experience work in a clinical environment and to build relationships with industry professionals that may be pursued after graduation.

To learn more about anesthesia technology courses and anesthesia technology classes in the Houston area, click here. The AAS Degree in Anesthesia Technology program at Sanford-Brown College - Houston (SBC) is designed to prepare students to pursue career opportunities as anesthesia technicians and to contribute their unique skills and talents to the field of healthcare.

Sanford-Brown College - Houston is close to many locations:
Bellaire, TX - approximately 11.7 miles
Crabb, TX - approximately 13.8 miles
Peters, TX - approximately 52.9 miles
Heights, TX - approximately 48.4 miles


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2008-09 Edition, Health Care, on the Internet at (visited January 26, 2009 ).


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