Every Breath, Every Beat, Every Second: CRNA’s Are There
From Ryan McClendon, CRNA and Director of Anesthesia at Crossing Rivers Health
Crossing Rivers Health is joining the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in celebrating the 20th annual National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Week taking place January 20-26, 2019.
CRNAs’ emphasis on safe, effective anesthesia care highlights one of the many hallmarks of nurse anesthesia. Five ways CRNAs make a difference every day include:
- Safety First: CRNAs are highly trained anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 45 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the AANA 2017 Practice Profile Survey.
- Rural America: CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals.
- Military Presence: Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War.
- Practice Settings: CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: 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 more.
- Cost-Efficiency: Managed care plans recognize CRNAs for providing high-quality anesthesia care with reduced expense to patients and insurance companies. The cost-efficiency of CRNAs helps control escalating healthcare costs.
It is an honor and a privilege to take our patients through anesthesia and a safe surgical experience. Surgery and anesthesia can be intimidating, but we stay with our patients, administering their anesthetics and watching over their vital signs – advocating for them throughout surgery. We take great pride in being there for every heartbeat.