The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) identifies potential members of the anesthesia care team:
Anesthesiologist – director of the anesthesia care team – a physician licensed to practice medicine who has successfully completed a training program in anesthesiology accredited by the ACGME, the American Osteopathic Association or equivalent organizations.
Nurse Anesthetist – a registered nurse who has satisfactorily completed an accredited nurse anesthesia training program.
Anesthesiologist Assistant – a health professional who has satisfactorily completed an accredited anesthesiologist assistant training program.
The federal government and the ASA consider direct anesthesia care to be permissible only when administered by an anesthesiologist, an anesthesiologist assistant, or a nurse anesthetist.
Other personnel involved in perianesthetic care:
Postanesthesia Nurse – a registered nurse who cares for patients recovering from anesthesia.
Perioperative Nurse – a registered nurse who cares for the patient in the operating room.
Critical Care Nurse – a registered nurse who cares for patients in a special care area such as the intensive care unit.
Obstetric Nurse – a registered nurse who provides care to laboring patients.
Neonatal Nurse – a registered nurse who provides cares to neonates in special care units.
Respiratory Therapist –an allied health professional who provides respiratory care to patients.
Support personnel whose efforts deal with technical expertise, supply and maintenance: