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This Week Marks Annual Celebration of Nurse Anesthetists


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January 21, 2013 - Administering anesthesia across the United States for 150 years, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and thousands of their colleagues around the country are celebrating this year’s 14th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week campaign, Jan. 20–26, 2013.

“With a history spanning back to the Civil War, nurse anesthetists have helped ensure that millions of patients receive the safest anesthesia care possible,” said the president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), John Hust, CRNA, MNA.

“Year in and year out, nurse anesthetists have remained at the head of the table for every moment of their patients’ procedures, administering their anesthetics and monitoring their vital signs,” added Hust.

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 33 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting in which anesthesia is available, CRNAs practice with a great deal of autonomy, and are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals.

As the main hands-on provider of anesthesia care in both military and civilian settings, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is administered. That includes, but is not limited to, hospital operating and delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons; pain management centers; and within the U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

“As CRNAs we administer anesthesia to patients undergoing cardiac, neurological, oral, and labor and delivery surgeries just to name a few,” said Hust.

“Regardless of the setting, we apply the same high standards of care. It is a privilege to be a part of a profession that is dedicated to providing a safe anesthetic and has historically played a pivotal role in every facet of anesthesia advancement,” he added.

National Nurse Anesthetist Week was established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from a nurse anesthetist.

To learn more about nurse anesthesia, visit www.mnana.org or www.aana.com.

Source: Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists.