January 18, 2012
The five Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who provide services at Community Hospital will celebrate national Nurse Anesthetists Week, January 22-28. Providing anesthesia services at Community Hospital are CRNAs, Lawrence Friestad, Connie Hill, Josh Hill Darrell Milhon and Brian Smith.
CRNAs at Community Hospital provide anesthesia services for surgical patients as well as obstetric patients and other outpatients.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are the oldest type of advanced practice nurses in America, licensed in all states, but relatively unknown outside the operating room. CRNAS are the health care providers patients don’t recognize and don't remember, but they are they watching over patients, making sure they are breathing and feeling no pain during procedures.
CRNA's are the primary anesthesia providers in rural America, where many anesthesiologists do not practice. Their presence enables hospitals in medically underserved areas to provide trauma stabilization, obstetrical and surgical services.
All CRNAs are board certified and complete continuing education requirement and re-certify every two years. They offer a wide variety of services, including general anesthesia, monitored sedation, and regional blocks, including spinals, labor epidurals, epidural steroids for chronic pain management, and specific nerve blocks. They are airway specialists and can also be found in the emergency room, delivery room, and newborn nursery helping patients to breathe easier.