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CRNAs at a Glance

Who Are CRNAs?

Research shows that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are the most cost-effective anesthesia providers with an exceptional safety record. In today's changing healthcare environment, patients want healthcare delivered with personal care, at a lower cost, with a high degree of confidence. 

CRNAs Role in Healthcare

As the U.S. patient population ages and becomes more diversified, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs) play a vital role in ensuring access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care for all Americans.

CRNAs have been recognized Medicare Part B providers since 1986.

What We Do

Millions of Americans rely on CRNAs for their anesthesia care, including pregnant women, active duty military and veterans, the elderly, and those in rural or under-served communities.  CRNAs work in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and physicians’ offices.

CRNAs are 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.

Examples of anesthesia types include: general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation, pain management.  CRNA services include pre-anesthesia evaluation, administering the anesthetic, monitoring and interpreting the patient’s vital signs, and managing the patient throughout surgery.

CRNAs Are Safe

  • Anesthesia is 50 times safer than in the early 1980s. Institute of Medicine, 1999
  • 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.

CRNAs Are Team Players

Like all anesthesia professionals, CRNAs collaborate with other members of a patient’s healthcare team: surgeons, obstetricians, endoscopists, podiatrists, pain specialists, and other qualified healthcare providers.

The preceeding information is provided by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. For more information about Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, please visit www.AANA.com