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National Nurse Anesthesia Week

Nurse Anesthetists Celebrate 150 Years of Providing Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care

In recognition of their profession’s long history and enduring record of patient safety, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) across the country are celebrating the 13th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week, January 22-28, 2012, with this year’s theme of “Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care.”

Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.

The theme of this year’s campaign emphasizes the high standards which CRNAs adhere to when administering anesthesia.

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 32 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I.

“I take pride in belonging to a profession that has been at the forefront of anesthesia patient safety for 150 years. CRNAs play a key role in developing trends related to monitoring technology, anesthetic drugs, and standards of care. In fact, due to continuing research and education, anesthesia today is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 to 30 years ago,” said Dr. Bryan Tune, CRNA, DNP.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., the AANA is the professional organization for more than 90 percent of the nation’s CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists. To learn more about National Nurse Anesthetists Week or the AANA, visit www.aana.com

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