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Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.


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Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.

Howzit going gang,

Summer is upon us and its beautiful here in the Pacific NorthWest.  We have some questions for you Region 7.

Does your hospital allow you to assist with blocks?

What is your role when assisting with blocks? 

Are you part of patient positioning on the operating room table?

Email me your answers I’m curious and so are some of your other members.

Neil Allen and his team is putting together a half day meeting in Portland on June 1st.

It’s a small venue and our first half day meeting. Sign up early because seats are limited.

Delbert Macanas is hosting his 21st regional meeting in Honolulu August 4th.  This is a great meeting to attend because Delbert always finds speakers that have interesting lectures. Sign up and details will be up soon

Jasmine and Michael is hosting our second half day meeting in Tacoma, Washington on August 10th.

This is a great opportunity to hear the latest information in anesthesia from providers at St. Anthony’s Hospital.


Looking for free CEU’s?

            Let’s talk about CEU’s. Want more meetings in your area? I want meetings too. But I need your help. Contact me and let’s come up with a plan.

-**Host a meeting Free admission to conference

-*Create a presentation on a topic relevant to the

Anesthesia Technician Content Outline 2 CEU

-*Present a topic at an ASATT Regional or Annual meeting. 1 CEU

Contact me for more information


*Must be submitted during recertification to earn credit.**Contact your Region Director for more details.


Registration is open for out annual conference on October 22nd-26th in Orlando, Florida.  Be sure to put in for time off and sign up ASAP for early bird registration special rate.




 Dr. David Rietz’s ultimate honor of ASATT’s Region 7 educational award came after his untimely death, but he deserved the award every day over the 14 years I and many others worked with him. He was a huge advocate for education. Every staff member and student gained knowledge working with Dave Rietz, getting quizzed about the procedure he was about to do. My favorite question was: What is Poiselle’s law and how does it apply to an IV catheter size? Look it up and learn from him! He held early morning classes and helped eight anesthesia technicians including myself get certified. Dave was even discussing the possibility of an anesthesia technology program at the local university since an orthopedic surgeon and friend of his became dean of the medical programs. His wife, Susie Rietz, accepted the award on his behalf. The award now stands in our OR as a call for others to teach and improve those around them, patient and coworker alike.

Thank you,

James Sivigny

St. Vincent Hospital

Billings Montana.



Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Region 7 Director
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