BS hons Anesthesia Technology
An anesthetic technician is an allied healthcare worker who assists with the administration and monitoring of anesthesia and has an extensive knowledge of anesthesia techniques, instruments, supplies, and technology. Anesthetic technicians are mainly employed by anesthetic departments or operating theatre suites, but can be found in other areas of clinical practice including emergency departments, intensive care units (ICU) and day surgery clinics.
BS hons. Anesthesia technology was started almost a decade ago in renowned medical institutes and universities of Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. Anesthesia technologists can work in government and federal sector as grade 16/17 professionals though they have only limited number of seats in THQ and DHQ hospitals despite of huge workload. It’s solely government’s responsibility to acknowledge the credibility of allied health professionals by increasing their seats in government hospitals and raising their salary packages so that they can acquire their basic rights. Anesthesia technologists are part of a surgical team. They assist anesthesiologists in managing a patient’s pain during surgery by administering anesthesia and monitoring patient status. Anesthesia technologists are surgical technologists who specialize in assisting anesthesiologists. These professionals heavily assist in pre-surgery by setting up and sterilizing any necessary equipment, taking patient vital signs, and helping anesthesiologists into their sterile gowns. Additionally, before the procedure, anesthesia technologists ensure that all anesthesia equipment functions properly to keep patients sedated. During the actual surgery, anesthesia technologists may observe the vital signs of a patient, but primarily hand materials to doctors and perform minor duties, like applying dressings or monitoring operating equipment.
Graduates of BS hons Anesthesia technology can pursue their post-graduation i.e. MS/PHD/PG .Dip in hospital care management, Disaster management, advanced clinical practice- pediatric anesthesia, Anesthesia and Peri-operative medicine, Regional anesthesia, Managing care in Peri-operative and anesthesia practice, Clinical management of pain and public health. MS in public health and hospital care management are being offered by various universities in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar but MS in other fields is only available in Foreign countries which is certainly not in the vicinity of every student, due to lack of institutions offering post-graduate courses students are compelled to apply in foreign universities to continue their studies as a simple graduate suffers a lot in the field and has few chances to excel in professional career. It’s not possible for every student to go abroad either due to family reservations or due to excessive financial burden. Government needs to pay strong attention regarding this dilemma of our society in order to meet international standards
There are multiple universities in Germany, Australia, Canada, Sweden and America that offer post-graduation courses on partial and full scholarships, their entire detail is available on the sites of universities. Moreover students can work with foreign professors as research associates and research internees. In order to do clinical practice, license acquisition is necessary, there are various competency exams for above mentioned countries such as PCE for Canada, HCPC for UK and MOH for UAE and middle-eastern countries.
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