Anesthesia Flight provides 24/7 coverage, which requires variable shifts. Regular Hours: These shifts vary in length from 8, 10, 12, 16 or 24-hour shifts, Monday through Sunday. Contractors will work up to an average of 35-40 regular hours per week (averaged over 4 weeks). Weekday Offsite Call occurs approximately up to 12 times per month, any day Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. but often starts later when working a 10 or 12- hr Regular Hours shift. There exists the possibility of working a full 24-hour shift if called back. Weekend Offsite Call occurs approximately 4 times per month, Sat 6:00 a.m.-Sun 6:00 a.m. and/or Sun 6:00 a.m.-Mon 6.a.m. with the possibility of working the full 24 hour shift if called in. Holiday Weekend Call is Fri 6:00 a.m.- Tue 6:00a.m., approximately 2-3 times per year.
Provide regional and/or general anesthesia care for the following subspecialties: general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, cardiothoracic, vascular, adult dentistry, pediatric dentistry, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, urology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, podiatry, and dermatology.
Provide resuscitative care during a cardiopulmonary arrest, and sedation or general anesthetic care at remote locations.
Supervise care and/or supervise the simultaneous delivery of anesthesia care by certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs); administer anesthesia in lieu of CRNA to patients whose condition poses a particular anesthetic difficulty.
Administer appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Oversee the activities of the recovery room and administer appropriate drug and respiratory therapy in the recovery room setting.
Implement the proper use of mechanical ventilators in the recovery room, and as necessary, in the intensive care units.
Provide consultation regarding preoperative preparation, intra and postoperative anesthetic management, and treatment of chronic pain patients.
Consult with other members of the MTF medical and nursing staff to provide quality perioperative care.
Document medical care in accordance with MTF regulations, Air Force Instructions (AFI), and the standards established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Provide ongoing anesthesia care until relieved by a qualified anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Attend monthly Anesthesiology Department meetings (or Surgical Services Department meetings in the absence of an Anesthesiology Department), and quarterly MTF Medical/Dental Professional Staff meetings.
Though the primary focus is cardiothoracic anesthesia, there are occasions during which the physician will take part in non-cardiothoracic cases. Primary responsibility will remain in the cardiothoracic operating room, but on days that there are not CT cases, the CT anesthesiologist may be asked to support regular ORs.