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UnityPoint Health Anesthesia Technician-Surgery-Methodist in Des Moines, Iowa

Performs specialized duties in conjunction with operating room and the anesthesia department for patients in the perioperative setting. Successful performance contributes to a holistic approach to the delivery of services, improved patient care, and a high level of satisfaction from patients and surgical team.

Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

  • Performs assigned patient care duties relating to administration of anesthesia under the direction and supervision of the anesthesiologist, i.e., setting up operative suite for anesthesia personnel, assisting with setting up, calibrating, and insertion of invasive line monitoring equipment, assisting with induction and intubation, and IV and arterial line insertion.

  • Recognizes basic parameters of vital signs, blood pressure, EKG readings, oxygen saturation readings, blood gasses and reports to the anesthesiologist

  • Utilizes critical thinking in making independent judgment, and maintains responsibility for the knowledge relating to assigned area.

  • Demonstrates understanding and practices of aseptic technique, (i.e.: opening sterile packages, walking around sterile field).

  • Assists other operating room personnel with patient care as directed under the supervision of the registered nurse (if not a licensed personnel).

  • Assists in handling, cleaning and caring for OR equipment and anesthesia machines.

30 %

Departmental Support

  • Coordinates cleaning and routine and preventive maintenance of anesthesia equipment

  • Assists and coordinates receiving, distribution, and storing of supplies.

  • Maintains an orderly environment and cleans area as directed.

  • Assists with room turnover and patient transport as department needs demand.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


  • RN, EMT, Cert Surg Tech, CNA or high school graduate with related course work in medical field.



Previous healthcare experience


Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.

Requisition ID: 2020-79699

Street: 1200 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Name: Surgery- Meth

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: 6:00a - 4:30p with overnight and weekend call

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