CAAs as described on our National website, https://www.anesthetist.org/about-the-profession:
"Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants are highly skilled professionals who, under an anesthesiologist's direction, may:
Elicit a pre-anesthesia health history and perform a physical examination
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 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
Based on an individual's qualifications and demonstrated skills, an anesthesiologist may delegate additional functions to a CAA such as performing and maintaining regional anesthesia, clinical teaching or responding to life-threatening situations with the cardiopulmonary resuscitation team.
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants stress the team approach to patient care as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The members of the Anesthesia Care Team bring unique skills to the group and work synergistically to provide the best possible anesthesia care for the patient."
As a subsidiary of the national organization, The New Mexico Acadamy of Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants is proud to serve all New Mexicans. Board members meet regularly to discuss issues pertainate to the CAA prefession in New Mexico. We have a vibrant community and rich culture.
Our current board members are as follows:
President – Courtney Degner
Vice President – Will Thompson
Secretary – Abbi Moore
Treasurer – Marilyn Archambeault
Public Relations – Kate Novinc
Practice Chair – Jeremy Ruddell
Alternate Delegates – Jo Dela Cruz & Kevin Kopacz