Anesthesia for CRNAs


Full Course:  10 Class A Credits for CEU / CPD.

Short Course:  5 Class A Credits for CEU / CPD.

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's)

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Course Topics

Airway Management in the ICU/Gaps in Self-reporting/Bronchoscopy

Recognize predictors of difficult intubation in the ICU; Identify challenges and optimize conditions for intubation in the ICU; Discuss the proactive :quality improvement" model for reviewing adverse events and improving the quality of care; Prepare patients for bronchoscopy; Recognize and avoid likely complications of bronchoscopy.

Medication Safety/Airway Management in Neurosurgery

Elaborate on different types of medication errors; Minimize risk for medication errors; Recognize risk factors for difficult intubation and ventilation in neurosurgical patients; Provide stabilization during intubation in patients with cervical spine injuries; Evaluate patients for safe extubation after cervical spine surgery.

Transfusion Update /Renal Physiology

Identify indications for transfusion of whole blood; Compare administration of whole blood with that of component therapy; Recognize potential consequences and complications related to administration of whole blood; Elaborate on the physiology of renal filtrate formation; Select appropriate tests to assess renal function.

Induction Agents/Coronary Concerns /Lung Isolation

Identify alternatives to induction agents on the Food and Drug Administration's drug shortage list; Implement strategies to maintain patient safety during drug shortages; Cite literature on the efficacy of antithrombotic agents; Select appropriate airway devices for one-lung ventilation; Manage hypoxemia during one-lung ventilation.

Pain Management Update

Define neuropathic pain; Explain the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain conditions; Use pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options in the treatment of neuropathic pain conditions; Diagnose complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); Outline a strategy for managing complications of nerve blocks and other treatments of CRPS.

Perils of the Perioperative Period

Recognize the role of physician wellness in the care of patients; Elaborate on factors contributing to burnout among anesthesia professionals; Perform a surgical airway in a timely manner; Optimize conditions for emergency intubation; Assess the effectiveness of airway management devices for use during emergencies.

Obstetric Anesthesia Perils

Implement strategies for prevention of postdural puncture headaches; Select effective treatments for patients with postdural puncture headaches; Cite epidemiologic trends in morbidity and mortality related to preeclampsia; Apply current diagnostic criteria for the assessment of preeclampsia; Design management and treatment protocols for women with preeclampsia.

Pediatrics for the General Anesthesiologist

Elaborate on the advantages of succinylcholine as well as the potentially severe adverse reactions to it in various pediatric populations; Reduce doses of intraoperative and postoperative narcotics for pediatric cases; Prevent emergence delirium in pediatric patients undergoing anesthesia; Manage a pediatric patient with a difficult airway; Recognize the increased morbidity and mortality associated with anesthesia in young children.

Approaches to Pain Management

Differentiate nociception from pain; Elaborate on the mechanism of action of gabapentinoids for mitigation of pain sensations; Cite current literature addressing efficacy of gabapentinoids and adverse events associated with their use in a multimodal perioperative pain strategy; Develop a paradigm for treatment of patients with chronic refractory pain; Select appropriate modalities for treatment of chronic pain.

Challenges in Ophthalmic Anesthesia

Recognize the unique challenges associated with performing ophthalmic surgery in patients with dementia; Assess cognitive function and frailty in patients presenting for cataract surgery; Select appropriate anesthetic techniques for patients with dementia undergoing cataract surgery; Anticipate complications that commonly arise during ophthalmic surgery; Optimize the perioperative management of patients presenting for ophthalmic surgery.



AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 62 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1038501; Expiration Date 12/31/2022.

AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 61 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037146; Expiration Date 12/31/2021.
AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 60 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1035579; Expiration Date 12/31/2020.
NOTE: AudioDigest Anesthesiology programs from 2016 (Volume 58) have expired and are not eligible for CE credit.
CRNAs must earn a score of 80% to receive credit, and are not permitted to retest due to features of the AudioDigest testing mechanism. A Learner Assessment/Program Evaluation form must be completed and submitted with each passed test before credit is awarded.
CRNAs may earn 1 credit per issue in Volume 61 from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021; Volume 60 from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020; and in Volume 59 from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.
In support of improving patient care, Audio Digest Foundation is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Additional Information

Additional Continuing Medical Education options available:


If you have taken the current Anesthesiology CME Review listed above or if you are seeking additional credits, please visit: Medical Courses Coming Soon.  There you will find abbreviated listings of additional ANESTHESIA courses available and ANESTHESIA courses that are soon to be released.


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