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Anesthesia Technologist-Full Time- Days

Location: Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
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Posted Date:
Nov. 13, 2023


At Houston Methodist, the Anesthesia Technologist is responsible for performing all anesthesia technician job duties and/or specialized responsibilities as a regular part of their normal job responsibilities. This position also assists with Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) equipment management, which includes operation, distribution and tracking of mechanical circulatory support systems and functions as the clinical resource subject matter expert support for mechanical circulatory support systems. The Anesthesia Technologist position assists with support of patients with ventricular assist devices and intra-aortic balloon pumps. This position assists in transportation of VAD patients to diagnostic testing and procedures and provide support in staying with patients during inpatient and outpatient procedures as a trained MCS healthcare provider. Duties for this position may be varied and may include many of the following: train and mentor staff, participate in the development of skills and performance of staff, and other responsibilities of a similar nature and level.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Orients, guides, and mentors team members consisting of Anesthesia Technicians and support staff, to help build confidence and competency in skills, knowledge, and abilities. Serves as a resource and trainer for staff in anesthesia support activities. (EF)
  2. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  3. Communicates clinical information clearly and professionally as needed to physicians, operating room staff and nurses. Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills. Facilitates problem resolution. (EF)
  4. Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. Initiates contributions towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement. (EF)


  1. Assists with ventricular assist devices in intensive care and acute care to assess operation of the device. (EF)
  2. Assists with insertion of intra-aortic balloon pump catheters. Rounds on patients with intra-aortic balloons in place to assess operation of the device. (EF)
  3. Works independently, exercising sound judgment and executing above average clinical skills on challenging anesthesia procedures, patient care situations and in all monitoring and anesthesia locations including but not limited to operating rooms, catheterization laboratories, intensive care units, and other patient care areas where anesthesia is performed. (EF)
  4. Assists the anesthesia providers and other members of the patient care team as needed in the provision of patient care before, during and after procedures. Drives department activities to improve department score for patient satisfaction, through peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Focuses on the quality and patient safety in all tasks surrounding auto transfusion. Recommends improvements as needed. (EF)
  2. Performs intra-operative auto-transfusion according to established policies. Monitors instruments and takes corrective action if necessary. Monitors multiple cases simultaneously when applicable. (EF)
  3. Processes QC specimens to be evaluated. Conducts quality audits, performs, evaluates, interprets, and documents operational checks of equipment within established guidelines. (EF)
  4. Prepares, tests, and operates the following equipment in accordance with standard practices to serve patients: Autologous Autotransfusion (Cell Saver), Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
  5. Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations and contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. Reports “near misses” and inputs error promptly into TAPS to improve processes and identify trends. (EF)


  1. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks and provides leadership to team members on effective and efficient utilization of time, minimizing incidental overtime. (EF)


  1. Participates in committees and task forces as assigned, ensuring that critical objectives are clearly explained, and action items are appropriately performed. Seeks opportunities to identify self-development needs as a Technologist and takes appropriate action. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Associates degree in Anesthesia program or equivalent health-related field; or two additional years of experience in lieu of degree

o Completion of an intra-operative blood salvage training program preferred


o Three years’ experience as an Anesthesia Tech

o One year experience operating a cell saver machine or anesthesia equipment, or clinical laboratory instrumentation preferred


o Anesthesia Technologist certification through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians (ASATT)

o American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Anesthesia Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents

o Demonstrates ability to collaborate effectively in an interprofessional team

o Demonstrates organizational, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills

o Ability to function independently and as a team member

o Ability to manage a varied and busy work environment

o Demonstrates high level of motivation to teach others and to participate in activities to improve patient care

o Must reflect a professional appearance and demeanor

Must possess excellent customer service skills



Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional No

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* Yes, on a regular basis

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e., Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above



May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s leading centers for medical education and research. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its prestigious Honor Roll for the sixth time. Also, in this year’s rankings, Houston Methodist Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the 11th year in a row. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 946 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and nearly 8,500 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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