A nurse assigned to Anesthesia Department must be familiar with the safety regulations regarding anesthesia and be responsible for the following duties:
- He/She reads the schedule and notes the time of operating and the type of anesthesia to be used.
- He/She clean, checks and arranges the anesthesia rooms daily.
- He/She check drugs and supplies, replacing articles needed.
- He/She takes responsibility for the patient’s arrival at the proper time.
- He/She greets the patient with a smile and a word of encouragement and asks his/her name.
- He/She checks the patient’s chart for consent to operation, whether seen by clergy, blood type, medications given, temperature, pulse, respiration and general condition.
- He/She assures that the patient was not sent to the operating room with dentures, glass eyes or jewelry.
- He/She has someone available to assist with the placing of patient on the table in the proper position for anesthesia.
- He/She readily available to assist the anesthetist immediately as the need arises.
- He/She clean and check equipment at the end of the day’s operation.
- He/She replaces all sterile sets, supplies, and necessary articles.
- He/She keeps the anesthesia rooms in a state of preparedness at all times.
It is the duty of the anesthetists to check the anesthesia machines.