Scott Urigel Receives AANA’s 34th Annual Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award


Newswise — Park Ridge, Ill. – Scott Urigel will receive the 34th Annual Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress in Chicago, Ill.

The Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award was established in 1986 to recognize the accomplishments of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who are involved in direct patient care. The recipient of the award is recognized by peers as a person who has made an important contribution to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice.

Urigel is the co-owner of Western Reserve Anesthesia Education, and Western Reserve Anesthesia Associates and Block Buddy. In addition, he’s a clinical instructor at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Through the education arm of his company, he provides classroom and hands on-instruction for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia throughout the country. As a clinical and didactic instructor, Urigel is the reason the surgery center who employs his company’s services is also a clinical rotation site.  His students not only receive hands-on instruction; he also lectures on a variety of topics related to regional anesthesia. 

A game changer, Urigel invented the Block Buddy Pro App, which includes block descriptions, sono anatomy images, anatomical illustrations, equipment lists, and actual videos of 28 different ultrasound guided blocks.  In addition, the app also contains information on Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and non-opioid medications, and is available offline across mobile devices and computers.

“Educating CRNAs and students through conferences, clinical rotations, and the Block Buddy Pro application has afforded me the opportunity to positively impact patient care and outcomes.”

A CRNA for nearly 20 years, Urigel earned his master’s in nurse anesthesia and his bachelor’s in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse

Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing nearly 53,000 Certified Registered

Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As

advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 45

million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of

anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly

100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit www.aana.com and anesthesia-care

today.com and follow @aanawebupdates on Twitter.

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