In celebration of the 19th annual National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Week (January 21 – 27), Optimum wants to recognize America’s practicing CRNAs. You administer roughly 43 million anesthetics a year to patients throughout the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Practice Profile Survey, which is nothing short of extraordinary.
For this year’s event, prominence is being placed on safe, effective anesthesia care for every patient, a hallmark of your profession and the newly adopted slogan of the AANA. Here, as highlighted in a press release from your professional association, we are pleased to share and acknowledge just a few of the ways you and your peers make a difference daily in the delivery of quality healthcare in our nation:
- CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia in rural America. Because of you, healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas can offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services. Moreover, as reported by the AANA, you and your fellow CRNAs are often the sole providers of anesthesia services in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals throughout our country.
- CRNAs have been the main providers of anesthesia care to our nation’s military personnel, on the front lines since WWI. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the U.S. Civil War.
- CRNAs practice everywhere anesthesia is provided. Among others, these settings include conventional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access facilities; ambulatory surgical centers; and the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists.
- CRNAs help control increasing healthcare costs. Managed care plans recognize that the high-quality anesthesia care CRNAs provide decreases the expenses of patients and insurance companies alike.
Thank you for all you do, CRNAs! We appreciate you and the skills, compassion, and expertise you bring to areas in need of safe, quality anesthesia care.
For more information about the value CRNAs bring to medicine, visit the AANA and “The Future of Anesthesia Care Today” websites.
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