“Role of the CRNA in the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) versus Hospital-Based Care”

Author Daniel King, MNA, CRNA
Editor Elizabeth Moran, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) play an integral role in the perioperative experiences of patients, interfacing at every setting in which anesthesia is administered. In addition to their value in traditional hospital-based operating rooms, CRNAs also work in obstetrical suites, chronic pain clinics, and dental offices. As a profession, nurse anesthesia has greatly evolved since its long-ago founding on the Civil War battlefields where it was used in surgeries for war wounds and injuries. As surgical techniques, technology and organizational capabilities are increasingly able to meet the expectations of patients today, the ambulatory surgical setting has become a more common environment for anesthesia delivery. However, each environment is unique in terms of acuity and types of surgery performed. For example, a specialty surgery center that only performs outpatient eye surgeries is far different than a large, academic trauma center where emergencies are quickly triaged before rushing off to the operating room.

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CRNAs in 2020: Practice Updates and Trends

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor Jan 20, 2020

For more than 150 years, nurse anesthetists have provided anesthesia care in the United States, and now certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), also known as nurse anesthesiologists, safely administer to patients more than 49 million anesthetics annually.

As the new decade begins, what trends are expected for CRNAs in 2020?

“It is a top priority for CRNAs to be able to practice at the full scope of our education and training to service the public and provide affordable and quality health care,” said Jose Castillo III, PhD, MS, CRNA, APRN, president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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