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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CRNA or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

A CRNA is a licensed advanced practice nurse who administers all types of anesthesia like an anesthesiologist. CRNAs work with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and may work in collaboration with anesthesiologists. They have advanced training and a master’s degree, are nationally certified and take a board exam. A CRNA is an anesthesia expert with a commitment to high standards in a demanding field. They administer all types of anesthesia for all types of surgical cases and provide regional anesthesia and pain management services.

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