Personal risks associated with the practice of anesthesia

Exposure to Pathogens
Anesthesiologist assistants, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers that have direct contact with patients are at risk for occupational exposure to pathogenic organisms. Exposure can occur via contact with blood and other body fluids and tissues; airborne and droplet transmission; and/or needle stick or other penetration of skin.

The program and Quinnipiac University School of Medicine promotes the safety and well-being of students as follows:
  • The program and other departments in the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine provide mandatory training in universal precautions and other work-safety practices.
  • All clinical training sites provide students on rotation with appropriate personal protective equipment and disposables.
  • In the event of exposure to known or suspected pathogenic organisms, the student is entered into a protocol established by the clinical site at which the exposure occurred.

It is the responsibility of the student's medical insurance to pay for any treatment for exposure to pathogens such as needle stick and splash injuries that occur while the student is in clinical training. The program provides for training on all current OSHA standards and universal precautions that must be undertaken by healthcare providers.

Substance Abuse
Both anesthesiologists and anesthetists are at a greater risk for substance abuse than practitioners in other medical specialties or individuals in the general population. Handling and administering controlled substances occurs daily in the practice of anesthesia, and current literature suggests that individuals with a history of substance abuse of any kind are more likely to develop a drug abuse problem if they enter the field of anesthesiology. If you have a history of excessive alcohol use or history of any other forms of drug or substance abuse, you should not consider a career in the field of anesthesiology.

In the event that an abuse problem occurs, the anesthesiologist assistant program will assist the student in finding the appropriate help.

Unlawful Acts
Students wishing to enter the anesthesiologist assistant program in the School of Medicine should be aware that a prior felony conviction will most likely prohibit a candidate's ability to complete the program, and possibly to obtain professional licensure depending upon individual state requirements and/or the criteria for hospital credentialing committees. Other criminal convictions that reveal ethical and professional behaviors that are inconsistent with expectations for anesthesiologist assistant students and graduates may also negatively impact consideration for admission. The penalty for not disclosing criminal convictions, and drug or alcohol issues, is removal from consideration for admission into the anesthesiologist assistant program, or immediate dismissal from the program. Criminal background checks are required prior to admission and prior to the start of the last year in the program. Acceptance into a Quinnipiac University program or its completion does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain such licensure or certification.

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