Nurse Anesthetists Change Lives One Mile at a Time

​For Immediate Release
August 4, 2012
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Park Ridge, Ill. – Hundreds of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) will go the distance in the seventh annual American Association of Nurse Anesthetist’s (AANA) Health and Wellness 5k walk/run to benefit Lifebox.  The charity event will take place Monday, August 6 at 6 a.m. during the AANA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco August 4-8, 2012.  All proceeds from this event will go directly to Lifebox.
Lifebox is a not-for-profit organization that grew out of a global initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) to make surgery safer across the globe. Since nurse anesthesia is all about patient safety, the AANA has adopted the cause of this valuable organization to ensure that no patient dies because a pulse oximeter and basic safety checks were not used during surgery.
“With this 5k race we are taking the high quality care that we give our patients everyday and doing something that will ensure the same patient safety for individuals all over the world,” said 2012 Walk/Run Chair, Patti Bright, CRNA, MS.
“This race brings CRNAs from all over the United States together to raise funds for patients we may not treat ourselves, but would still like to ensure their safety in the operating room,” said AANA Health and Wellness Committee Chair, Janet Dewan, CRNA, MS. “Although worlds apart, this is our way of contributing to international standards of care.”
During the walk/run, participants will enjoy scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline.  If you would like to participate in the AANA Health and Wellness 5k walk/run, sign-up for this event at the AANA registration desk at the Moscone West Convention Center. The cost is $30, which includes a large t-shirt (while quantities last).
For every $250 in donations, this straight forward initiative provides a pulse oximeter, rechargeable batteries, universal finger probe, AC/DC adapter charger and cradle, protective case, educational materials and a copy of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist to eligible clinicians/facilities in low income/low resource areas.
A complete description of the program and link to donate can be found at
Nurse anesthetists Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses who personally administer approximately 32 million anesthetics to patients across the United States each year. Two recent national anesthesia studies confirmed the safety and cost-effectiveness of CRNAs, who practice in every type of setting in which anesthesia is delivered and are the sole anesthesia providers in most rural hospitals.
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