CRNAs

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (anes-the-tists) have been providing anesthesia care to patients for 150 years.

CRNAs safely administer 34 million anesthetics to patients every year in the US. We are anesthesia experts with a commitment to high standards in a demanding field. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses specializing in the administration of anesthesia and practice with a high degree of autonomy. Chances are that if you have had an anesthetic in the past, a CRNA may have been your anesthesia provider. We provide care in nearly every facility in the state.

CRNAs are qualified to administer all types of anesthesia including general and regional anesthesia, local and conscious sedation, monitored anesthesia care, and pain management. They are trained to provide anesthesia to patients of all ages for all types of surgery, from simple to the most complex cases. The ability to make independent judgments is based on their education, licensure, and certification. Their qualifications allow them to provide multiple anesthetic techniques that are critical to meeting an array of patient and surgical needs.

Anesthesia given by a CRNA is the practice of nursing. Anesthesia given by an anesthesiologist is the practice of medicine. Regardless of whether their background is in nursing or medicine, all anesthesia professionals give anesthesia in the same way.

CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in cooperation with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other qualified healthcare professionals.

CRNAs are qualified to make independent judgments regarding all aspects of anesthesia care, based on their education, licensure, and certification. We take the responsibility of safe anesthesia care very seriously.

In rural areas CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia. This allows rural facilities to offer obstetrical, surgical, trauma stabilization, and other anesthesia services.

Numerous outcomes studies (including the RTI study published in Health Affairs (8/2010) have confirmed that there is no difference in the quality of care provided by CRNAs and their physician counterparts. Managed care plans recognize CRNAs for providing high-quality anesthesia care with reduced expense to patients and insurance companies. The cost-efficiency of CRNAs helps control escalating healthcare costs.

Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI, including current conflicts in the Middle East. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

CRNAs are qualified to make independent judgments regarding all aspects of anesthesia care, based on their education, licensure, and certification. We take the responsibility of safe anesthesia care very seriously.

CRNAs are Masters or Doctorate prepared practitioners who have obtained, through additional education and successful completion of a national examination, certification as anesthesia nursing specialists. 40 continuing education credits are required every 2 years.

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Laryngoscope

A device that permits the anesthetist to view the vocal cords to protect them from possible injury with placement of breathing tube.

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