Nurse anesthetists team

JC Blair Nurse Anethetists Recognized Week of Jan 21-27

Nurse anesthetists across the country will educate the public on how they make a difference to their patients and the U.S. healthcare system during the 19th annual National CRNA Week observance January 21-27, 2018.

This year’s theme, “Every Breath, Every Beat, Every Second, We Are There” reflects how CRNAs dedicate themselves to each of their patients before, during and after surgery. CRNAs stay with their patients throughout their procedure to ensure the safest anesthesia experience possible.

More than 52,000 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.

“Our patients and their safe journey through surgery is our priority,” said Carolyn Wright, clinical director of J.C. Blair Hospital’s Anesthesia Department. “We care for them at a very vulnerable time in their life, and it is an honor to provide safe, quality anesthesia for all of our patients, one at a time. We are there for every heartbeat, every breath, during surgery.”

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 more than 50,000 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 43 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 and and follow @aanawebupdates on Twitter.

Pictured in the photo: seated (l-r): Des Hanlon, Certified Anesthesia Technician; Dan Bryson, CRNA; Eugene Moore, CRNA; and Tonya Brown, CRNA. Standing (l to r): Clinical Director Carolyn Wright, CRNA; anesthesiologist Atif Victor Farag, M.D.; and Jeff Taylor, CRNA.