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Nurse anesthetists remain with patients throughout entire anesthetic

Community news | Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Contact: Jim Cannon

Powell, WY—Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at Powell Valley Healthcare and across the country are celebrating patient access to safe, high-quality anesthesia care—the hallmarks of the nurse anesthesia profession—during National CRNA Week, January 21-27, 2018.

This year's theme, "Every Breath, Every Beat, Every Second: We Are There," highlights the watchful care that CRNAs have been providing to their patients for more than 150 years.

National CRNA Week was established by the AANA 19 years ago to educate the public about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from CRNAs. Nurse anesthetists safely deliver approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients per year in the United States, staying with their patients throughout their entire procedure.

"Every day, in healthcare facilities all over the United States and in the U.S. armed services stationed around the globe, more than 52,000 CRNAs provide patient-centered, holistic pain management and anesthesia care to our patients," said AANA President Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA. "One of the many rewards of being a nurse anesthetist is providing patients with the comfort of knowing that a CRNA will be by their side monitoring their vital signs and adjusting their anesthetics to ensure a pain free and safe anesthesia experience."

During National CRNA Week, nurse anesthetists will be educating patients, coworkers, and others about their profession. With 8 ½ years of education including more than 8,600 hours of clinical training, CRNAs are well prepared to provide anesthesia and analgesia for surgery, labor and delivery, trauma stabilization, and pain management to even the sickest patients. They practice in traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.

In the vast majority of rural hospitals, CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia care, ensuring that these facilities are able to stay open and provide needed healthcare services to medically underserved communities. For more information about what PVHC's CRNA staff do, please call us at 307.754.2267.