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About CAAs

CAAs were born from a need for qualified anesthesia professionals. In the 60 years since, they've become integral parts of the patient journey in hospitals around America. 

What Do CAAs Do?

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs) are highly-skilled medical professionals who help plan and deliver anesthesia care within the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT). The ACT builds a patient-centric team that provides each patient with the safest model of care. Within the ACT, CAAs work as physician extenders who deliver a variety of care techniques under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. CAA responsibilities include:

  • ​Elicit a pre-anesthesia health history and perform a physical examination

  • Develop an individualized care plan in collaboration with the ACT

  • Establish patient monitoring devices and intravenous access

  • Assist in the application and interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques such as pulmonary artery catheterization or echocardiography

  • Assist in the induction, maintenance, and emergence of a patient's anesthetic

  • Secure the patient's airway through a mask, endotracheal tube, or laryngeal mask airway

  • Interpret and record the patient's physiological and pharmacological status

  • Provide continuity of care into and during the post-operative period

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