1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2312-11 Anaesthetist

Administers anaesthetics to prevent pain and maintain major body function throughout surgical and related procedures.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification, one years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • examines patients to determine appropriate anaesthetic and sedation in concurrence with physicians and surgeons
  • administers inhalation, intravenous, spinal and other anaesthetics
  • monitors patients throughout surgical procedures and in immediate post-operative procedures
  • records details of anaesthetic and sedation administered, and the condition of the patient before, during and after anaesthesia
  • liaises with other health care workers to provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with chronic pain and to diagnose or treat patients requiring intensive care or resuscitation
  • may instruct medical or associated staff and students on the symptoms of anaesthetic reaction and appropriate emergency measures

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