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MISSION
The mission of the ASATT is to establish a professional entity for the field of Anesthesia Technology that will positively affect health care and quality standards, by raising the standards of patient care and by providing a safe anesthetic environment.
VISION
By the end of 2008:
The ASATT is recognized as the organization responsible for raising the standards for patient care AND level of Technologist/Technician competence in all areas of Anesthesia.
The community college network has endorsed a formal national education program for our specialty, based upon curriculum supplied by the ASATT. A quality communications network for Technologist/Technicians, with common goals and aspirations, has been established to promote awareness of our discipline through the medical community.
The medical community recognizes the ASATT commitment to excellence through acceptance and support of our national credentialing program.
   
Structure
  • ASATT was founded in October 1989, with bylaws written by the charter leadership in New Orleans. The leadership consists of a president, vice president/president-elect, secretary, treasurer, executive director, and regional directors for seven regions. The first Annual Meeting was held October 21, 1990, at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • ASATT is registered as a non-profit educational organization and was incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington.
   
Membership
  • ASATT has grown to a roster of over 1000 members from a charter group of 100. Two-thirds of the membership is east of the Mississippi River and there are 8 to 10 members in foreign countries.
  • Membership categories include:
  • Active: Extended to anyone employed in a health care or research facility where his/her duties are comparable or equal to the duties of an anesthesia technician, technologist, assistant or aide. This individual's duties must be supervised by an anesthesiologist, anesthetist or an individual who has been given supervisory responsibilities of anesthesia technical personnel. Active membership is extended to any retiree who has previously fulfilled the requirements of active membership as described above. This individual must continue to show an interest in, give support to, and actively participate in continuing education in the field of anesthesia technology.
  • Associate: Extended to Anesthesiologists, C.R.N.A.'s and Anesthetists.
  • Individual: Extended to anyone interested in the field of anesthesia technology.
  • Institutional: Extended to medical, hospital, philanthropic, science, governmental, and non-profit organizations that express an interest in anesthesiology.
  • International: Extended to any member of an International Society of Anesthesia Technology.
  • Student: Extended to students enrolled in anesthesia technology training programs recognized by ASATT.
  • Corporate: Extended to businesses and profit-oriented organizations that manufacture, distribute, provide services or otherwise have an interest in anesthesia technology.
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    Educational Programs
    • In collaboration with the ASA and the AANA, a generic description of the anesthesia technician and technologist and the first training guidelines were developed as a reference for in-house and free standing training programs. A suggested reading list is also available.
    • ASATT has engaged in discussions about how we might support formal training schools for anesthesia techs at community colleges.
    • The Society has fostered the formation of new State Societies. ASATT continues to promote and contribute to their activities. At the inception of ASATT, there were four active societies. There are currently 7 state societies.
       
    Publications
    • The Sensor is a quarterly newsletter published by ASATT and distributed to members, prospective members, and allies in the anesthesiologist and anesthetist community. It serves as a main communication tool for ASATT activities and provides news of progress in promoting our specialty in professional environment, regional activities, educational and training opportunities, career opportunities, and technical articles and review.
       
    Meetings
    • ASATT meets annually, historically in parallel with the ASA's Annual Meeting, to provide education on current and new technology, to conduct Society business, and to provide an opportunity to visit corporate exhibits.
    • ASATT exhibits at the ASA and AANA Annual Meetings to promote our specialty among the anesthesia care-givers for the benefit of their technical support personnel. (ASA and AANA graciously provide a complimentary exhibit booth to ASATT).
    • ASATT has liaison with, and the support of, both the ASA and AANA. The ASA liaison is Dr. Thomas Rahlfs and the AANA liaison is Dina Velocci, CRNA, MS APN and Dr. Michael Boytim. They are a tremendous asset to our Society, and we are grateful for their contribution.
       
    Organization
    • ASATT is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).
       
    Certification
    • ASATT has the only nationally recognized certification for anesthesia technicians. The first exam was administered in May 1996 and resulted in 316 Certified Anesthesia Technicians (Cer. A.T.) The exam was administered in October 1996 due to the overwhelming level of interest to achieve this level of professional standards.
    • A Certification Test Development and Test Writing Committee evaluates and develops ASATT certification standards and exams in conjunction with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), an organization that develops and administers certification exams. The Certification Test Development and Test Writing Committee consists of anesthesiologists, C.R.N.A.'s, a professor of anesthesia education, P.A.'s, a corporate representative, and certified anesthesia technicians.
    • Certification is granted for a two-year period. In order to maintain certification, a minimum of twenty continuing education contact hours (CE/CH) must be obtained and submitted to the ASATT Certification and Recertification Review Committee, at the end of each two-year recertification period, Certified Anesthesia Technicians must reapply for certification.
    • Certification for the technologists level has been developed and the first exam was administered in 2001.