Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
CRNAs are licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who provide patient care before, during and immediately following surgical or medical procedures. CRNAs are all certified by the national board of Certification of Registered Nurse Anesthetist. CRNAs may be involved in pain management. CRNAs may work independently or in conjunction with an Anesthesiologist.
This is a breathing tube placed in a patient’s windpipe to help them breathe more easily and it protects the airway. It is in common use for surgeries where general anesthesia is in use.
Produced by injection of a local anesthetic into the epidural space of the spinal cord, this form of anesthesia is most frequently used during labor and childbirth, for surgeries involving body areas below the waiste, and for post-operative pain management.
Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)
This is simply a device that provides an effective way of establishing an airway in the patient during anesthesia. More effective than a face mask, it is also less intrusive than an endotracheal tube.
A lighted tube inserted through the mouth into the upper airway and designed to view the area inside the larynx (voice box).
The condition when an anesthesia drug is given to calm or relax a patient during excitable, anxious or uncomfortable times such as prior to a surgical procedure.
This is a substance used to help calm, or tranquilize a nervous or excited patient.