Quote from debbieuk
hi, i dont know if this is the same thing as i am not sure of your terminology but in the UK we have operating department practioners whos main job is to assist the anaesthetist. the maintain the machines and are responsible f or the anaesthetic room. they assist with induction/rapid sequence anything really that the anaesthetist would need help with.
they also respond to crash calls and the maternity units for help with epidurals and c-sections ect. they can also scrub and circulate if they wish to come over to the surgery side (but most dont)
they are accredited and certified and i really wouldnt want an untrained one having patient contact and doing this sort of stuff.
I was an ODP in the Bahamas (a former Brit colony).
An ODP that helps anesthesia would be more like a semi- Anesthesia Assistant in the US and much better trained than a tech.
Some of the things that were my legal responsibilites and a part of my classroom/clinical training the Operating theatre outside the US I could NEVER do in the US.
ODP's are a cross between a VERY skilled Surgical Technologist, a surgical assistant and an AA.
Because of the license/grades/bands axilluary staff outside the US tend to be HIGHLY trained.
Not knocking unlicensed staff in the US, it is just different.