Who administers anesthesia?
Anesthesia can be administered by either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)/Advanced Practice Nurse in Anesthesia (APN-A) or Anesthesiologist. CRNA/APN’s are advanced practice nurses with specialized graduate-level education in anesthesiology and are responsible for administering more than 49 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year. For nearly 150 years, nurse anesthetists have been administering anesthesia in all types of surgical cases, using all anesthetic techniques, and practicing in every setting in which anesthesia is administered. To learn more about CRNA’s check out this Fact Sheet.