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.
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