CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals.
ANESTHESIA AND THE CHANGING HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE:
The Changing Healthcare Landscape
As the U.S. patient population ages and becomes more diversified, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) play a vital role in ensuring access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care for all Americans.
WHO ARE CRNAs?
A CRNA is a highly educated anesthesia experts who provide every type of anesthesia, for patients of all ages, for any kind of procedure, and in every healthcare setting where anesthesia is required.
CRNAs perform General anesthesia, Regional anesthesia, Sedation and Pain management.
CRNAs’ Valuable Role
CRNAs ARE SAFE
Anesthesia is 50 TIMES safer today than in the 1980s. (National Academy of Medicine)
There is a 0% difference in safety between CRNAs and anesthesiologists. (Research Triangle Institute)
CRNAs ARE COST EFFECTIVE
Research shows that CRNAs are the most cost-effective anesthesia providers with an exceptional safety record.
- BEST VALUE: CRNA as sole anesthesia provider
- 25% More Expensive: anesthesiologist directing 4 CRNAs
- 110% More Expensive: anesthesiologist directing 1 CRNA
A CRNA IMPROVES ACCESS TO CARE
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS rely on a CRNA for their anesthesia care, especially: pregnant, military, elderly and rural.
A CRNA IS A TEAM PLAYER
Like all anesthesia professionals, a CRNA will collaborate with other members of a patient’s healthcare team: surgeons | obstetricians | endoscopists | podiatrists pain specialists | other qualified healthcare providers
BEFORE YOU HAVE SURGERY, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE ANESTHETISTS RECOMMENDS YOU DO THE FOLLOWING TO ENSURE A SAFE ANESTHESIA EXPERIENCE:
TELL YOUR ANESTHESIA PROVIDER ABOUT ALL MEDICATIONS YOU ARE TAKING
CLOSELY FOLLOW YOUR PRE-SURGERY DIRECTIONS FOR EATING AND DRINKING
AND ASK TO MEET THE PERSON WHO WILL ACTUALLY GIVE YOU YOUR ANESTHETIC
FOR MORE PATIENT ADVICE, GO TO WWW.AANA.COM/
CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS, LEADERS IN PATIENT SAFETY