Ivan's daily task is to give skilled support to the anaesthesiologist for a surgery in the operation theatre (OT), a highly intense place in any hospital. He sets up the equipment and arranges the drugs required for anaesthesia procedures, which temporarily numb the sensation of patients for pain- free surgery. “I have observed all kinds of operations from cardiac and plastic to paediatric surgery,” says Ivan Vijaykumar, Anaesthesia Technician at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Anaesthesiologists feel that the presence of technicians is imperative. “We do not start a case without technicians.” shares Dr. Anita Shenoy, Anaesthesiologist at Kasturba hospital, Manipal.
“The work demands high-level concentration as you are responsible for patient’s life”
Prof Dr K Prasad
Dept of Anaesthesiology,MCOAHS
Eligibility: Any class 12 science student with sciences can enrol in the programme.
What you learn: “All students receive both theoretical and practical exposure at hospitals. It helps them to grab exact skills,” says Prof. Saumy Johnson, Department of Respiratory Therapy, Manipal University.
Job outlook: Anaesthesia technicians are hired in any hospital having OT – from small to big multi-speciality hospitals. There is a swelling demand of technicians in the Middle East countries. In India, a fresher can expect a salary between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 15,000 and abroad about Rs. 50,000 per month. Prof Dr K Prasad, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, MCOAHS feels, “The work demands high-level concentration as you are responsible for patient’s life.” The job may stretch to long hours during specific cases of operation.
Institutes: MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Mumbai, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna; Maharaja Sayajirao University, Gujarat; Aligarh Muslim University; Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi; Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS).
Source : career 360