Anaesthetic Technician



OFO No: 321105





What is an Anaesthetic Technician?

An Anaesthetic Technician is a health care professional. They assist Anaesthetists, nurses and surgeons during an operation.

The Anaesthetic Technician prepares all the equipment and supplies that the Anaesthetist will need to sedate and monitor the patient during the operation.

What does an Anaesthetic Technician do?

  • discusses upcoming operations with anaesthetist
  • prepares supplies and equipment
  • assists the anaesthetist to monitor patient’s vital signs and comfort
  • assists to administer medication/drugs when required
  • makes sure patient to ‘comes round’

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in operations?
  • reliable?
  • responsible?
  • observant?
  • dedicated?
  • caring?
  • punctual?

How do I become an Anaesthetic Technician?


National Diploma in Clinical Technology

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Clinical Technology

Designation: Only after you have registered with the HPCSA may you use your title Anaesthetic Technician


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  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa


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