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Ask Me Five: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Urge Patients to Be Proactive in Their Healthcare

  • Mar 11, 2019

For immediate release: March 11, 2019
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Park Ridge, Ill.,—What are important questions to ask an anesthesia provider before undergoing surgery? During Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 10-16, 2019), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) want patients to know how they, by asking important questions, can help themselves have a safer surgical experience.

“A lot of times, patients don’t know what to ask before they have surgery,” says AANA President Garry Brydges, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA, FAAN. “Learning the appropriate questions to ask their CRNA will help inform and guide them to do what is best before, during and after anesthesia; and also will inform and guide the CRNA to create the best anesthesia plan for them.”

Five questions a patient should ask a CRNA include:

  • Would you like my list of medications? Are there any concerns or things that I should do prior to anesthesia? (The list of your medications may include over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, smoking habits, or alcohol consumption.)
  • Is it alright to come to my surgery alone or should someone come with me?
  • For men: I am currently taking Viagra. Will that interfere with my anesthesia experience in any way?
  • For women: What are my anesthesia options for labor and delivery?
  • I am diabetic, are there any special concerns before or after I have my surgery?

Responses will differ based on patient medical history, physical condition, and other attributes. These questions will open a dialogue that will help patients and CRNAs communicate important information and plan together.

“Our patients and their safe anesthesia and surgical experience are a CRNA’s top priority,” says Brydges. “The more information a patient can provide for us, and the more they participate in their own planning and care helps improve the quality of care and outcomes.”

About Patient Safety Awareness Week
Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual recognition event to encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare safety. Patient Safety Awareness Week serves as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about patient safety and recognizing the work already being done.

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