Park Ridge, Illinois – National CRNA Week (Jan. 22-28, 2017) celebrates “Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care for Every Patient,” as well as the anesthesia experts known as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or CRNAs. This year’s theme highlights one of the hallmarks of the nurse anesthesia profession: providing safe, effective anesthetics annually to millions of patients for every type of procedure and in every type of setting where anesthesia is required.
National CRNA Week was established by the AANA 18 years ago to educate patients and the public about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from CRNAs. Nurse anesthetists safely deliver approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, staying with their patients throughout their entire procedure.
“CRNAs are patient-centric,” said AANA President Cheryl Nimmo, DNP, MSHSA, CRNA. “Everything we do revolves around our patients and their safe journey through surgery. We are proud of the anesthesia care we provide. Patients put their trust and their lives in our hands, and we hold that as a great responsibility and a great privilege.”
During National CRNA Week, nurse anesthetists will be promoting their profession to their patients, co-workers and within their local communities. CRNAs practice in 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 U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.