AANA Annual Congress Daily, Issue 3, September 1, 2015



Operating Room Fires: Communication is Key to Prevention

Of the many possibilities patients hope will not happen during surgery, an operating room (OR) fire may not even be on the list. Yet, 650 OR fires occur each year in the United States. CRNAs at the Annual Congress gathered to learn more about this preventable safety hazard during "Fire Safety in the Operating Room," yesterday afternoon.  


Anesthesia Professionals Save Lives in Combat Zones around the Globe

American humorist Will Rogers once ironically remarked, "You can’t say civilization don’t advance… in every war, they kill you in a new way." Military CRNAs, who are highly educated and skilled anesthesia professionals, constantly hone their ability to practice their vital profession in the demanding and ever-changing crucible of war. CRNAs in uniform took center stage during the Annual Congress yesterday afternoon during "Anesthesia in a Deployed Setting" in the Grand Ballroom.  



Looking for Survivors

The “How to Save a Life - Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in the Workplace” session on Monday, Aug. 31, 2-4 p.m. in Room 355 at the Salt Palace Convention Center included information on the neurobiology of addiction, signs and behaviors, and what to do in the workplace when impairment is suspected. Read on for a list of patterns of behaviors that may indicate substance abuse or chemical dependency. 


Are You at Risk?

Find out about the AANA Peer Assistance Program and resources available throughout the year.

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Student Luncheon Recognizes Service and Achievement 

On Monday, Aug. 31, student registered nurse anesthetists from around the country gathered for one of the signature events planned for them at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress: The 2015 Student Luncheon. The event featured the announcement of the new student representative to the Education Committee and recognized student award winners and representatives. 



See You Next Year… in Washington, D.C.  

The AANA 2016 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress will take place in the heart of the nation’s capital. Replete with historical attractions, breathtaking architecture, and world-class events, next year’s Annual Congress will ensure that the voice of the nurse anesthesia profession will be heard across the country. 

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State Reimbursement Specialists Meet, Help Advance Nurse Anesthesia Reimbursement in Changing Times  

To help strengthen nurse anesthesia reimbursement, each state association has named one or more AANA State Reimbursement Specialists (SRSs) to strengthen relationships with major health plans, hospital and ambulatory surgery center associations, and with the Medicaid program and Medicare administrative contractors. 



Plan Now for 2016 Mid-Year Assembly 

It’s not too soon to mark your calendar for the AANA Mid-Year Assembly, April 2-6, 2016, in Washington, D.C!

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Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

Did you enjoy all the educational offerings of the AANA Annual Congress? The learning doesn’t stop in Salt Lake City! Check out these upcoming workshops from the AANA, and hone both your clinical and political skills.  ​​

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