Nurse Anesthetists Convene in San Francisco to Discuss Best Practices and Emerging Trends in Anesthesia

For Immediate Release:
July 30, 2012​
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Park Ridge, Ill. – The latest in anesthesia techniques, trends, and an inspiring story from Aron Ralston, the climber who cut off his hand to save himself, take center stage at the Annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) August 4-8, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif.
From preventative measures and pain management, to the most important issue of patient safety, these topics will be key among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), advanced practice nurses who administer anesthesia.  Following are some of the other topics of interest that will be presented at the Moscone West Convention Center:
  • Neurosurgical Procedures Outside of the OR
  • Integration of Hypnosis into Anesthesia Care
  • Issues Impacting CRNAs in the Past 50 Years
  • Neurosurgery in the Pediatric Patient… No Small Task
A critical component of any surgical team, nurse anesthetists have been providing safe anesthesia care for more than 125 years and have been the main anesthesia provider to enlisted men and women and their officers in all branches of the military since WWI. The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956. Chances are if you, a friend, or a loved one has undergone a procedure—from open heart surgery to the birth of a child—the anesthesia was administered by a CRNA.
“As researchers, clinical anesthesia experts and patient advocates, attending the AANA Annual Meeting is just one way CRNAs can remain abreast of issues and techniques that foster patient safety and high-quality care for our patients,” said AANA President Debra Malina, CRNA, DNSc, MBA. “As the healthcare system is closely examined for quality cost-effective services, we must remain lifelong learners of our craft, as the demand for nurse anesthetists will continue to increase.”
Nurse anesthetists were among the first specialty nurses to require continuing education. CRNAs must be recertified every two years. These visionary leaders mandated that nurse anesthetists be required to obtain continuing education for their board recertification. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to take advantage of educational, networking, and information-sharing opportunities throughout the five-day event.  In addition, an onsite trade show will feature a myriad of pharmaceutical companies, equipment manufacturers, and other healthcare companies.
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