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Nurse anesthetists have been administering anesthesia to patients in the
United States for over 150 years, ever since the Civil War.
credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into
existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely
administer more than 34 million anesthetics to patients each year in the
United States, according to the American Association of Nurse
Anesthetists (AANA) 2012 Practice Profile Survey.
CRNAs are the
primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling
healthcare facilities in medically underserved areas to offer
obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization
services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100
percent of the rural hospitals.
According to a 1999 report from
the Institute of Medicine, anesthesia care is nearly 50 times safer than
it was in the early 1980s. Numerous peer reviewed outcomes studies have
demonstrated there is no difference in the quality of care provided by
CRNAs and their physician counterparts (Pine, 2003; Simonson, 2009;
Dulisse et al, 2010; Hogan, 2010; Cochrane Collaboration, 2014).
CRNAs administer anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons,
anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare
professionals. When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist,
it is recognized as the practice of nursing; when administered by an
anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice of medicine.
Regardless whether their educational background is in nursing or
medicine, CRNAs and physician anesthesia professionals give anesthesia
the same way.