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CRNA Week in Minnesota sheds light on "The Future of Anesthesia Care Today"

Monday, January 22, 2018  
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Governor, mayors proclaim CRNA Week in Minnesota in honor of the more than 1,500 CRNAs practicing in the state
Saint Paul – Governor Dayton has issued a proclamation declaring January 21-27, 2018 CRNA Week in Minnesota.  Minnesota joins states across the country in recognizing the work of CRNAs this week, during the 19th Annual National CRNA Week observance. 

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede joined Governor Dayton in recognizing the work of Minnesota CRNAs by proclaiming CRNA Week in their prospective cities.  

The public education theme of CRNA Week 2018, “CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today,” reflects the fact that 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.

“As CRNAs we administer anesthesia to patients undergoing cardiac, neurological, oral, and labor and delivery surgeries just to name a few.  Regardless of the setting, nurse anesthetists apply same high standards of care are applied,” said Marcia Kluck, President of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 
“It is a privilege to be a part of a profession that is dedicated to providing a safe anesthetic and has historically played a pivotal role in every facet of anesthesia advancement.” 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are essential to Minnesota's healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for more than 150 years. Currently, more than 1,500 CRNAs practice in Minnesota, in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered. 

In over 60% of Minnesota counties, CRNAs are the only providers of anesthesia. CRNAs are a critical health care resource, especially in Greater Minnesota, and they provide safe and effective anesthesia care in places that are often medically underserved.  

For more information about the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists's public education campaign, recent landmark research studies confirming the safety and value of CRNAs, infographics, fact sheets and more, visit

MANA is a statewide professional organization of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) dedicated to promoting the profession of nurse anesthetists.

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