Committees  |   March 2018
Anesthesia Technologist/Technician Scope of Practice
Author Affiliations
  • Joseph F. Answine, M.D., FASA
    ASA Liaison to the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians
    ASA Committee on Equipment and Facilities
Article Information
Practice Management / Committees
Committees   |   March 2018
Anesthesia Technologist/Technician Scope of Practice
ASA Monitor 03 2018, Vol.82, 46-48.
ASA Monitor 03 2018, Vol.82, 46-48.
The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) was established in 1989 to provide standards for scope of practice and education for a specialty that, at that time, was made up of individuals receiving only on-the-job training and job responsibilities that were determined by the hospital systems and departments for which they worked. There was extreme variability in their practice based on the needs of the facilities. Since its inception, the ASATT has established a coordinated governing body, a scope of practice and curriculum for technologists, moved away from on-the-job training to a defined education process, and is working on moving away from hospital- and department-defined responsibilities to those defined by state boards and national accrediting bodies.
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