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FAQs

For a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions please CLICK HERE to visit our national organization website.

What is the mission statement of the WAAA?

The Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (WAAA) is an organization

composed of Masters Degree prepared Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA-C). We are committed to the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) approach to ensure the highest quality and safest anesthesia care for every patient.

The WAAA is dedicated to the education and oversight of AA-Cs practicing in Wisconsin. We are further committed to educating medical professionals and the public about our training, qualifications and the importance of a team approach to anesthesia care. We further strive to provide a forum for CAA advocacy within Wisconsin.

What is the practice statement of the WAAA?

The Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (WAAA) subscribes in practice, philosophy and training to the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT).

The foundation of the ACT model is grounded in a team approach to anesthesia management in which an anesthesiologist concurrently supervises anesthetists during the performance of the technical aspects of an anesthetic.

Within the Anesthesia Care Team, an anesthesiologist and CAA work together to provide anesthesia care in the belief that the interests of patient safety are best served with an anesthesiologist's involvement in the delivery of every anesthetic. The responsibility for medical direction lies with the anesthesiologist, who may then delegate aspects related to the implementation of an anesthetic plan to the CAA. Delegation of any aspect of patient care to an CAA is at the discretion of the anesthesiologist, in accordance with established state regulation and local credentialing guidelines.

As adopted by the AAAA on March 31, 2006

Are there any CAA training programs in Wisconsin?

Yes, there is currently a program through the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

What is the purpose of the WAAA website?

The Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants website provides valuable information on the current practice of anesthesiologist assistants in Wisconsin. It also makes available professional resources, job opportunities, and links to supporting organizations.