University of South Florida (USF) nurse anesthesia faculty demonstrate an ultrasound guided brachial plexus blockade at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). The University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation is one of the world’s largest, free-standing simulation facilities exclusively dedicated to training healthcare professionals. The USF Nurse Anesthesia Program is housed at CAMLS in Tampa, Florida. Pictured: John Maye, PhD, CRNA, CAPT(ret), NC, USN, and Alan Todd, DNP, CRNA, CHSE.
Wellness and Thriving in a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist PopulationWith the creation of its Wellness Program, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has advocated for renewed emphasis in education, research, and practice on anesthesia provider wellness. This research was designed to explore the relationship between student registered nurse anesthetists’ perceived wellness and students’ thriving throughout their academic program. Within the variable, student academic achievement, overall wellness negatively correlated with the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists’ Self-Evaluation Examination scores.
Development of an Online, Evidence-Based CRNA Preceptor Training Tutorial (CPiTT): A Quality Improvement ProjectCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who serve as clinical preceptors have the critical job of transferring high-quality patient care and patient safety skills to the
student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) they precept. The education of CRNAs in best precepting practices has the potential to enhance this transfer. However, most
CRNAs do not receive formal instruction in how to precept SRNAs, which has the potential to limit the CRNA preceptors’ effectiveness in this critical educational role.
Ketamine as Part of a Multimodal Approach to Postoperative Pain ManagementSome surgeries present increased challenges for adequate perioperative pain management, which require innovative methods to prevent development of chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP). Ketamine is an adjunct to traditional pain management methods and is an effective analgesic. The potent antihyperalgesic effects of ketamine represent an interesting option for those searching for multimodal approaches.
Anesthesia Medicare Trend Analysis Shows Increased Utilization of CRNA ServicesVolume of anesthesia Medicare Part B services had an average increase of 3.1% per year from 2000 to 2014. In 2014, the top 25 anesthesia procedure codes accounted
for 75% of all allowed Medicare services and $1.8 billion in Medicare payments. When more healthcare services are undergoing scrutiny to achieve cost-efficient, value-driven
care, the increased use of the QZ modifier highlights a change in how the anesthesia workforce is used while aligning with federal and state regulations.