Anesthesia technical assistant


The main task of the anesthesia technician is to support the anesthetist in the operating room . After successful training, the anesthetist is able to prepare anesthesia, to help and assist the anesthetist during the anesthesia and to look after the patient in the recovery room after the anesthesia.

Personal requirements

In order to be able to learn the profession, one should have an interest in the medical field. In addition, a high degree of reliability and responsibility is required. Working conscientiously and acting quickly and confidently should also be part of the characteristics. Empathy and empathy are also part of the personal requirements.

Prerequisite for learning the profession

In order to be able to learn the profession of anesthesia technical assistant, a secondary school leaving certificate or a higher educational qualification is required. A secondary school leaving certificate with completed vocational training is also sufficient to complete the training. In addition, the physical and mental health of the applicant is required.

Training to become an anesthetic assistant

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The duration of the training is 3 years. The training ends with a practical, an oral and a theoretical test. It is completed partly in the vocational school and partly in practical assignments. Of the total of 4,600 hours of training, around 1,600 hours are devoted to the theoretical part. During the practical training, practical assignments take place in the following areas: abdominal surgery, traumatology, orthopaedics, gynecology and outpatient operations. The trainees have to complete 200 hours in 3 elective areas, here they can choose between neurosurgery, ENT, vascular surgery, jaw surgery, urology, eye surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery and anesthesia for children. In addition, the trainees have to complete internships in the areas of surgical nursing wards, ambulances/emergency rooms, surgical services, intensive care units, central sterilization, pain ambulances and endoscopy.

career development opportunities

With the appropriate previous training, it is possible to study medicine after completing the training, for example to learn the profession of anesthesiologist. There are also further training opportunities that make it possible to work in a managerial position in the operating room or anesthesia area or in operating room management. Further training to become a device or hygiene officer or in quality management is also possible.


Subsequent employment is possible in all of the above-mentioned areas that anesthesiologists work through during their training. Anesthesia technical assistants not only work in clinics and hospitals, but also in specialist practices.

The everyday

The task of the anesthesia assistant is to monitor the patient before, during and after anesthesia. Anesthesiology assistants take blood, check the equipment and assist the anesthesiologist. They also look after the patient in the recovery room. They are also responsible for the preparation of devices and anesthetic materials. They are also authorized to inject medicines on doctor's orders.

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