Newswise — Park Ridge, Ill.—As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds, healthcare professionals such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are facing an unprecedented, ever-evolving crisis. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has focused its resources on ensuring that its members have the latest information and practice considerations needed to keep themselves, their colleagues, and their patients safe and healthy.
The AANA is monitoring the crisis and serves as a clearinghouse of recommendations and guidelines from government agencies as well as top national and international healthcare organizations. The online resource page devoted to Anesthesia Care of the Patient with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is being updated daily as information becomes available from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and many others.
In addition to guidance for anesthesia professionals, the resources page includes links to information for other healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities as well as the general public.
Urging healthcare professionals to take care of themselves as they take care of others, the AANA offers a range of online resources dedicated to helping them stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Expert information on workplace wellness, coping with adverse events, burnout, and stress can be found on the AANA’s website.
CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 49 million anesthetics to patients annually in the United States. They are the primary providers of anesthesia care among U.S. military personnel and in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services.
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 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. For more information, visit www.aana.com and www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com.