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CRNA Week January 24-30

January 25, 2016

McCook, Nebraska—Three full-time Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who provide services at Community Hospital will celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week, January 24-30. Providing anesthesia services at Community Hospital are CRNAs, Brian Smith, Chad Miller and Evan Geilenkirchen.

As members of Community Hospital’s surgical, emergency, and pain management teams they provide such services as:

• General surgical anesthesia

• Monitored sedation for minor procedures

• Spinal blocks and epidurals for surgeries or childbirth

• Pain management injections for chronic or acute back or neck pain

• Nerve blocks for post surgical pain management

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. They may be considered the health care providers patients don’t recognize and don't remember, but as airway specialists, they are watching over patients, making sure they are breathing and feeling no pain during procedures.

As well as practicing throughout the United States, CRNA's may be the primary anesthesia providers in rural America. In Nebraska, CRNAs can practice independently or with supervision from an anesthesiologist. Their presence enables hospitals in medically underserved areas to provide trauma stabilization, obstetrical and surgical services.

All CRNAs practice independently, are board certified, complete continuing education requirements and re-certify every two years.

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