How long have CRNAs been providing anesthesia?

Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for nearly 150 years.

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Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)

A tube with an inflatable cuff that is inserted into the throat after going to sleep to manage breathing while unconscious, similar to an endotracheal tube; an LMA causes less irritation than an ETT and is useful in specific situations, though it does not prevent aspiration.

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