Who will be my anesthesia provider in the small town I live in?

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services. In Missouri, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 90 percent of the rural hospitals.

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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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