Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is celebrating National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Week, which runs January 22-28, this year, and National Anesthesiologists Week, which takes place from January 29 through February 4, 2017.
Both CRNAs and anesthesiologists are trained to give patients anesthesia during certain procedures to allow them to be free of pain. All anesthesia care is provided with the highest degree of professionalism.
The most substantial difference between CRNAs and anesthesiologists is that before being trained in anesthesia, anesthesiologists receive medical education while CRNAs get nursing education. However, they are both taught to use the same anesthesia process.
This year’s CRNA Week marks the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ 18th annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s 50,000-plus CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide approximately 43 million anesthetics each year.
CRNA Week was initially known as National Nurse Anesthetists Week, but this new name helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.
Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. The CRNA credential came into existence in 1956.
These two weeks allow CRNAs and anesthesiologists across the country the chance to educate the public about advancements in anesthesia patient safety and the role and value of CRNAs and anesthesiologists in delivering anesthesia care.
CRNAs provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other qualified healthcare professionals. CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural healthcare settings in America.
There are three basic types of anesthesia. General anesthesia produces a loss of sensation throughout the entire body. Regional anesthesia creates a loss of sensation to a specific region of the body. Local anesthesia causes a loss of sensation to a small, specific area of the body.
The anesthesia chosen for patients is based on factors such as their physical condition, the nature of the surgery and their reactions to medications.
CRNAs stay with their patients for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important function of their body and individually modifying their anesthetic to ensure their maximum safety and comfort.