Governor Dayton issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 21-27 as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists week in Minnesota. Minnesota joins states across the country in recognizing the work of CRNAs this week, during the 19th Annual National CRNA Week observance.

The public education theme of CRNA Week is CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today. The theme reflects the fact that 52,000-plus CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists provide approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year, delivering the same safe, high-quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals but at a lower cost, helping to control the nation’s rising healthcare costs.

Every day, CRNAs deliver essential healthcare in thousands of communities and are able to prevent gaps in access to anesthesia services, especially in rural, inner-city and other medically underserved areas of the country.

“As CRNAs, we administer anesthesia to patients undergoing cardiac, neurological, oral and labor and delivery surgeries just to name a few. Regardless of the setting, nurse anesthetists apply same high standards of care,” Marcia Kluck, president of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists, said.

“It is a privilege to be a part of a profession that is dedicated to providing a safe anesthetic and has historically played a pivotal role in every facet of anesthesia advancement.”

CRNAs are essential to Minnesota’s healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for more than 150 years. Currently, more than 1,500 CRNAs practice in Minnesota, in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered.

In over 60 percent of Minnesota counties, CRNAs are the only providers of anesthesia. CRNAs are a critical health care resource, especially in Greater Minnesota, and they provide safe and effective anesthesia care in places that are often medically underserved.

For more information about the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists visit www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com

MANA is a statewide professional organization of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) dedicated to promoting the profession of nurse anesthetists.

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