Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists celebrate 20th annual National CRNA Week

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists celebrate 20th annual National CRNA Week

Administering anesthesia to Americans since the Civil War, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from Pratt are joining thousands of their colleagues from across the country to celebrate the 20th annual National CRNA Week January 20-26, 2019.

With a history spanning more than 150 years, CRNAs stay with their patients throughout their procedure, administering their anesthetics and monitoring their vital signs. Each year CRNAs ensure that millions of patients receive the safest anesthesia care possible.

“As CRNAs, we administer anesthesia to patients undergoing orthopedic, cardiac, oral, and labor and delivery procedures, just to name a few. Nurse anesthetists apply the same high standards of care, regardless of the type of procedure and the setting in which the anesthesia is delivered,” Anne Jack, APRN, CRNA.  “It is a privilege to be part of a profession that is so dedicated to advancing anesthesia patient safety and ensuring that patients have access to surgical, obstetrical, emergency, and pain management care, especially in rural and other medically underserved areas of our nation.”

CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses who safely administer more than 45 million anesthetics in the United States each year. As the primary hands-on provider of anesthesia care in both civilian and military healthcare settings, CRNAs practice in every type of facility where anesthesia is required for patient care. That includes but is not limited to hospital operating and delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; pain management centers; and all U.S. Military service branches, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

National CRNA Week was established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) to encourage CRNAs to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from a nurse anesthetist. To learn more about the AANA visit www.aana.com/ or www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com.