Non Physician Anaesthetists are members of the anaesthetic care team, trained both in the underlying scientific and medical knowledge pertinent to anaesthesia, and in the skills of administering anaesthesia. Their core responsibility is to provide anaesthetic services to patients requiring anaesthesia, respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and/or other emergency, life sustaining services within the anaesthesia and wider theatre and critical care environments.
The major component of clinical anaesthesia in which they are responsible for include but not limited to respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and/or other emergency, life sustaining services within the anaesthesia, wider theatre and critical care environments and teaching and research.
Non Physician Anaesthetists cadres are categorized according to education levels they possess.
The range of practice of Non Physician Anaesthetists extends from preoperative assessment to postoperative anaesthetic care; however, the role is primarily defined by the scope of work undertaken in the operating theatre where in an independent or supervised capacity, participate in induction, maintenance and reversal of anaesthesia using skills and knowledge that are based on an in-depth understanding and application of physiology and pharmacology.
The following higher learning institution is accredited to offer training in anaesthesia sciences: