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)

Series 89 (CRNA89) Topics Include:  Potential Issues Obtaining Consent, Anesthesia Plan for a Patient with Ischemic Heart Disease, Distinct Medication Requirements of Heart Transplant Recipients, Investigating Suspected Impairment and Substance Abuse, 3 Types of Anterior Chest Wall Blocks, and more.

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Updates from the Perioperative Medicine Literature

Explain the association between unrecognized severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the risk for postoperative cardiac complications; Improve the screening and diagnosis of OSA before significant surgery; Differentiate between sugammadex and neostigmine for reversal of neuromuscular blockade; Optimize use of preoperative immune-modulating nutrition to reduce risk for developing postoperative infectious complications in patients undergoing gastrointestinal cancer surgery; Employ perioperative management of direct oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Functional Testing in 2021: Beyond the Revised Cardiac Risk Index

Elaborate on the evolution of functional capacity assessment; Explain how assessment of functional capacity affects the outcome of noncardiac surgery; Weigh the advantages and limitations of approaches to functional capacity assessment; Improve presurgical evaluation of functional capacity in older adultsl; Recognize limitations of smartphone applications that measure functional capacity.

Perioperative Fluid Management in Children

Review the evidence, including imaging studies, behind current fluid fasting guidelines; Address the problem of parental noncompliance with pediatric preoperative fasting guidelines; Apply the currently accepted strategy for intraoperative fluid management in children; Cite the physiologic benefits of maintaining large fluid volumes in children undergoing surgery; Manage fluids postoperatively in pediatric patients.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocols for Orthopedic Surgery

Provide effective preoperative care, including prehabilitation to improve patients? functional capacity; Avoid hypothermia and overhydration during surgery; Apply ERAS protocols during the postoperative period; Weigh the advantages and drawbacks to the use of epidural anesthesia; ERAS orthopedic, including spinal, surgeries.

Anesthesia Implications of Acute and Chronic Marijuana Use

Differentiate marijuana from hemp and other cannabinoids; Elaborate on the physiologic effects of cannabinoid products; Recognize the signs of marijuana intoxication and withdrawal; Distinguish the perioperative risk factors of acute and chronic marijuana use; Optimize anesthetic technique to account for the effects of marijuana use.


Lessons Learned from the PROPPR Trial/Casualty Care in Space

Explain the circumstances and existing literature that led to the design and execution of the PROPPR Trial; Apply the lessons learned from the PROPPR study to identify how bias impacts study design and interpretations; Incorporate transfusion protocols derived from the PROPPR and PROMMITT studies into clinical practice; Identify and describe the physiologic changes that occur in an isolated microgravity environment; Optimize surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic strategies to manage injuries and medical emergencies in space.


Nonobstetric Anesthesia in the Pregnant Patient/ Neuromuscular Blockade and Reversal

Evaluate the effects of anesthesia during nonobstetric surgery in a pregnant patient; Determine whether nonobstetric surgery should be postponed in a pregnant patient; Recognize the importance of fetal monitoring in nonobstetric surgery; Consider neuromuscular physiology when choosing anesthetic agents; Optimize use of depolarizing and nondepolarizing agents.

Perioperative Strategies for Managing Anesthesia Care in Children

Choose psychological and pharmacologic methods to calm children preoperatively; Identify factors that cause negative postoperative behavioral changes; Weigh advantages and disadvantages of various methods of inducing anesthesia; Ensure favorable interactions with parents and involve them in their child?s care; Employ management strategies that are effective in cognitively impaired or autistic children.

Management of the Anticoagulated Patient/Obstetrical Emergencies

Elaborate on the mechanisms of action of various types of anticoagulation drugs; Minimize perioperative risk in patients who take anticoagulation drugs; Evaluate patients who take anticoagulation drugs for risk of perioperative bleeding; Identify patients at high risk for placental abruption; Recognize patients whose risk for placenta accreta is high.

Neuromonitoring/Akinesia as a Target of Ophthalmic Anesthesia/ Uterine Rupture

Explain the significance of neurophysiologic monitoring in spine and neurovascular surgery; Employ neurophysiologic monitoring to maximize safety of patients during spinal surgeries; Cite anesthetic implications of neurophysiologic monitoring; List methods to improve levels of akinesia in ophthalmic surgery; Optimize management of uterine rupture in trial of labor after cesarean delivery.



Additional Information

Continuing Medical Education options available:


Other Courses of Interest May Include:  Custom Anesthesiology for CRNA's or Credits on Demand for CRNA's


If you have taken the current Anesthesiology for CRNA's 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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