In our previous blog posts we’ve mentioned how a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) improves the quality of healthcare services offered. Let’s discuss why having a CRNA is more of a necessity than an option if you want to increase patient safety, positive outcomes and revenue.
What is a CRNA?
A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has acquired graduate-level education in anesthesia overseen by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist’s (AANA) Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
What this really means is that…
- Anesthesia providers are considered specialists and CRNAs are qualified to do the job. You know that it is illegal to have anesthesia administered by anyone who is not certified.
- CRNAs are independent licensed professionals who follow best practices and maintain high standards. They are accountable should anything go wrong. The liability is theirs… not yours.
- Their education is overseen by the AANA which provides all the necessary training to build a sound and safe practice. Having a CRNA means increased patient safety.
A recent study on the “Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Anesthesia Providers,” published in the May/June 2010 issue of the Journal of Nursing Economics examined different anesthesia delivery models. The study included CRNAs, physician anesthesiologists acting solo, and a single anesthesiologist supervising one to six CRNAs.
The findings were conclusive. AANA President James Walker said, “The data confirms that CRNAs deliver anesthesia safely and cost-effectively. With growing demands on the healthcare system nationwide, we must do all we can to make sure the nation’s healthcare professionals are used as effectively and efficiently as possible.” This reiterates what we’ve been saying, that CRNAs drive cost-efficiency and increase safety, improving your bottom line significantly.
An established anesthesia management company like Steel City Anesthesia enhances productivity and patient flow by assigning local CRNAs on a routine basis. Your physicians get to know the person they are working with and our CRNAs understand your processes. Developing a complementary working style speeds up procedures and patient recovery. Plus we are very particular about who we hire. Our CRNAs are dedicated to delivering quality care to enhance your reputation and your practice.
Do you have CRNAs on your medical team? Share your experience with us.