Rural CRNAs recognized during CRNA Week

Memphis, MO – In recognition of their profession’s long history and enduring record of patient safety, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Scotland County Hospital, and across the country are celebrating the 13th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week, January 22-28, 2012, with this year’s theme of “Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care.” Nurse Anesthetists or CRNAs are another of the friendly and helpful faces you will meet at the newly built Surgery Center.

Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists. The theme of this year’s campaign emphasizes the high standards which CRNAs adhere to when administering anesthesia. “One of the many rewards of being a nurse anesthetist is providing patients with the comfort of knowing that I will be by their side monitoring their vital signs and and adjusting their anesthetics to ensure a pain free and safe anesthesia experience,” said Sallie Poepsel, MS, CRNA. “National Nurse Anesthetists Week serves as an opportunity to inform the public exactly what CRNAs do and who we are.”

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 32 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I. They provide high quality anesthesia services combined with a very personal concern for the health and welfare of our patients in Scotland County. “I take pride in belonging to a profession that has been at the forefront of anesthesia patient safety for 150 years,” said Michael Browning, MSN, CRNA. CRNAs play a key role in developing trends related to monitoring technology, anesthetic drugs, and standards of care. “In fact, due to continuing research and education, anesthesia today is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 to 30 years ago,” said Robert Poepsel, MS, CRNA.

The three CRNAs here at Scotland County hospital are among the more than 1000 practicing Nurse Anesthetists in Missouri. They are active members of the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA), a professional association founded in 1935.

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Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the induction of a state of unconsciousness, amnesia (loss of memory), and analgesia (absence of pain sensation) over the entire body, through the administration of anesthetic drugs. It is used during certain medical and surgical procedures.

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