Nation's Anesthesia Experts Gather in Salt Lake City for Annual Convention Aug. 29-Sept. 1

  • Sep 3, 2015

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2015    
For More Information Contact: AANA Public Relations
Park Ridge, Illinois – Anesthesia research, technology, policy, trends, and the future role and value of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) took center stage at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As anesthesia experts, nurse anesthetists are the hands-on providers of approximately 40 million anesthetics each year in the United States, ensuring patient access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care. There are more than 49,000 AANA members, including CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists, practicing in the U.S. healthcare system and fulfilling a vital role in every type of practice setting where anesthesia is required.
More than 3,000 nurse anesthetists attended the Salt Lake City meeting, generating nearly $3 million in total visitor spending to Salt Lake and the state of Utah.*
Patient safety related topics formed the core of the meeting’s educational and policy agenda, with sessions on operating room fire prevention, pediatric anesthesia, and CRNAs in the military of primary interest. In addition, hot policy issues such as allowing advanced practice registered nurses, including CRNAs, to practice to their full scope in Veterans Administration hospitals were discussed.
A critical component of patient care teams across the country, nurse anesthetists have been providing safe anesthesia care in the United States for more than 150 years and have been the main anesthesia providers for enlisted men and women and their officers in all branches of the military since World War I. CRNAs are also the primary anesthesia caregivers for women in labor and patients in rural and other medically underserved communities.
Landmark research conducted in 2010 confirmed that CRNAs provide the safest anesthesia care available and are also the most cost-effective anesthesia providers—a win-win for patients and for the U.S. healthcare system.
“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,” said Sharon Pearce, CRNA, MSN, 2015 AANA president. “As clinical experts and patient advocates, attending the AANA Congress is just one way CRNAs can stay abreast of current trends and techniques that enhance our ability to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients. The healthcare system is constantly being evaluated for ways to provide ever-safer anesthesia care as cost-effectively as possible. To that end, CRNAs represent the future of anesthesia care today.”
Attendees took advantage of continuing education opportunities, hands-on workshops, state-of-the-science presentations, and compelling educational sessions in a condensed four-day event. In addition, an onsite trade show featured pharmaceutical companies, equipment manufacturers, and other healthcare-related businesses.