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Anesthesia induces a temporary partial or total loss of sensation. In the hands of qualified professionals like Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, it is a safe and effective means of alleviating pain during a medical or surgical procedure. Millions of people in the United States safely undergo some form of medical or surgical treatment every year requiring anesthesia.
Anesthesia care is not confined to surgery alone. The process also refers to activities that take place both before and after an anesthetic is given.
Anesthesia can be administered by either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Anesthesiologist. CRNA’s are advanced practice nurses with specialized graduate level education in anesthesiology, and are responsible for administering more than 32 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.
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Your nurse anesthetist stays with you for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important function of your body and individually modifying your anesthetic to ensure your maximum safety and comfort.
Why are you told to not eat or drink prior to anesthesia and surgery?
To obtain more Anesthesia Patient Resources, visit the Patient Resource Center provided by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). This site will prepare you for: your anesthesia experience, discuss children and anesthesia, and describe how to avoid complications.
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