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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Monitoring Depth of Anesthesia/Endocrine Disease

Recognize intraoperative conditions that can create artifacts in anesthetic depth monitors; Elaborate on how the algorithms used by different anesthetic depth monitors convert an electroencephalography signal to a 0 to 100 scale; Summarize the metabolic functions of the pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid glands; Anticipate common comorbidities in patients with thyroid, parathyroid, and pituitary disease; Perioperatively optimize patients with endocrine disorders.

Neonatal Resuscitation/Congenital Heart Disease

Anticipate the need for neonatal resuscitation in children with prenatal concerns; Apply appropriate resuscitation interventions for neonates in respiratory distress; Select an appropriate oxygen concentration for neonates requiring resuscitation; Distinguish among the anatomic anomalies associated with different congenital heart defects; Optimize hemodynamic parameters in patients with congenital heart disease who are receiving anesthesia.

Surgical Extension of Labor Epidural Anesthesia

Select epidural placement techniques to optimize the successful conversion of labor epidural analgesia to anesthesia for cesarean delivery; Administer appropriate intravenous adjuncts to epidural anesthesia for cesarean delivery; Diagnose a high spinal anesthetic; Recognize central nervous system and cardiovascular signs of local anesthetic systemic toxicity; Treat bupivacaine-induced ventricular arrhythmias.

Challenges in Risk Management for Anesthesiology

Ensure that the informed consent process is optimally completed; Cite literature from other specialties that affects anesthesia practice; Implement policies to optimize quality-related metrics; Perform appropriate preoperative patient workups based on calculated surgical risk; Anticipate and prevent common perioperative adverse events.

Preoperative Medicine/Interprofessional Team Simulation

Recognize the primary domains that affect perioperative outcomes; Articulate the differences between preoperative testing, risk stratification, and preoperative medicine; Elaborate on potential mitigation strategies for patients preparing for planned surgery; Ensure psychological safety for participants during interprofessional team simulation; Employ inclusive leadership behaviors during team simulation sessions.

Perioperative Management for Orthopedic Surgery in the Patient Recovering from Opioid Addiction

Differentiate among options available for MAT; Make appropriate recommendations for discontinuation of MAT therapies prior to surgical procedures; Prescribe postoperative analgesia with the lowest risk for contributing to relapse of a patient who has recovered from opioid addiction; Identify signs of withdrawal from buprenorphine; Compare the efficacies and safety of medications used to ease perioperative pain and anxiety in patients who have recovered from opioid addiction.


Opioids and Acute Pain

Educate patients on the potential for addiction when using opioid medications for analgesia; Recognize the complexities of providing analgesia to patients who are taking buprenorphine; Summarize the characteristics of ketamine; Describe advantages of using ultrasound-guided neurofascial plane nerve blocks; Counsel patients about postoperative pain to help set reasonable expectations.


Pediatric Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation/ New Medical Technology

Manage blood volume and fluid turnover in small infants; Perform basic life support for pediatric patients; Use bag mask ventilation on a pediatric patient; Administer vasopressors for prolonged cardiac arrest in pediatric patients; Explain how to adapt a new medical device for use by doctors in emerging nations.

Hackers and Anesthesia Machines: Cybersecurity and the Impact on Modern Medicine

Differentiate between a malicious insider threat and a threat to a third party; List the strategies cybercriminals use to create a phishing email; Explain how evolution of smart technology puts anesthesiology practices and other health care entities at risk for cyberattacks; Recognize potential indicators that a computer system has been compromised; Strengthen awareness of cybersecurity risks to mitigate threat of cyberattacks.

Perioperative Considerations for Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension/Eyelid and Orbital Anatomy

Use findings of echocardiography to gauge prognosis of patients with PH who are undergoing noncardiac surgery; Optimize perioperative hemodynamics of patients with PH; Choose appropriate anesthetic and vasodilator agents for patients with PH undergoing noncardiac surgery; Safely inject anesthetic agents into the orbital region for ophthalmic surgery; Ensure complete akinesia of the extraocular muscles during ophthalmic surgery.



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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