Do you want to transform your hospital’s anesthesia practices and pain management, but don’t know where to start? One way you can expand your hospital’s services is through Iowa Anesthesia’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Here are four ways CRNAs can help your hospital transform and thrive!
1. Reduce staffing shortages
According to a 2013 journal article, approximately 65 percent of rural hospitals lacked adequate health professionals, with many physicians being concentrated in urban areas. If your hospital is struggling to fill positions, our staffing services can alleviate the burden and provide the quality care your patients expect.
2. Treat more patients, right in your own community
Nurse anesthetists are a growing solution to healthcare needs in rural America. CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia care in 89 of Iowa’s 120 community hospitals, and they’ve been providing care and chronic pain management service in Iowa for more than 20 years. Nationally, CRNAs safely provide more than 33 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Practice Profile Survey.
3. Get qualified help
Under Iowa law, CRNAs are Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) who practice independently and have the authority to prescribe medications used before, during, and after the administration of anesthesia. CRNAs work in collaboration with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals in every setting where anesthesia is delivered.
In addition, Iowa Anesthesia CRNAs are credentialed with a variety of certifications, including:
4. Keep patients safe
A 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine showed that anesthesia care is nearly 50 times safer than it was in the early 1980s, and numerous outcomes studies have demonstrated that there is no difference in the quality of care provided by CRNAs and physician counterparts. In a study conducted by Negrusa, et. al, published in Medical Care in 2016, it was noted that there is “virtually no evidence that the odds of a complication differ by Scope of Practice (SOP) or delivery model.”
At the end of the day, you want to provide your patients with safe, effective anesthesia and pain care – and Iowa Anesthesia can help. We offer a variety of services based on your hospital’s unique needs. Set up an informative interview with us today!