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 83 (CRNA83) Topics Include:  Roles and Limitations of Guidelines, Effects of Intraoperative Use of Opiods, Carotid Endarterectomy, MINS, Types of Myocardial Infarction, and more.

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Course Topics

Clinical Practice Guidelines /Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Consider the roles and limitations of guidelines; Define terms related to the development and implementation of guidelines; Tailor guideline recommendations according to the needs of the individual patient; Apply principles of advanced recovery after surgery to pediatric patients; Implement standardized protocols to optimize perioperative care of pediatric patients.

Acute Kidney Injury/Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring

Evaluate patients with acute kidney injury according to various classification systems; Recognize perioperative risk factors and causes associated with acute kidney injury; Employ appropriate strategies to reduce risk for perioperative acute kidney injury; Assess the value of virtual preoperative assessment clinics; Identify and overcome challenges to implementation of virtual patient evaluation and monitoring.

Nonoperating Room Endoscopy/Burnout /Opioids and General Anesthesia

Assess the financial implications of providing full anesthesia services for gastrointestinal procedures; Optimize perioperative care for patients with ventricular assist devices who are undergoing endoscopy; Recognize risk factors for burnout among medical professionals; Elaborate on the physiology and neuroanatomic targets of general anesthesia; Cite current literature on the effects of intraoperative use of opioids on persistent postoperative opioid use.

Ultrasound for Peripheral Nerve Blocks /Pain Interventions

Visualize anatomic structures and the tip of the needle during ultrasonography-guided peripheral nerve blocks; Apply principles of ergonomics to enhance control when performing ultrasonography-guided peripheral nerve blocks; Optimize image quality in ultrasonography; Elaborate on the rationale for targeted pain interventions; Target specific, strategic, and safe interventions to the source of a patient's pain.

Obstetric Anesthesia /Carotid Artery Disease

Describe the pharmacology of anticoagulant agents in pregnant women; Assess coagulation status in obstetric patients; Administer appropriate treatments for coagulation abnormalities in pregnant patients; Select appropriate anesthetic techniques and agents for patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy; Monitor patients with carotid artery disease during the perioperative period.

Anesthetic Approach to Congestive Heart Failure

Recognize the prevalence and significance of congestive heart failure; Compare diastolic and systolic heart failure; Preoperatively screen patients for acute heart failure; Assess patients for compensated vs decompensated heart failure; Develop an intraoperative anesthetic plan for patients with heart failure.

Perioperative Troponin and MINS/Fluid Management and Transfusion Strategies

Define MINS; Differentiate MINS from postoperative MI; Identify patients for whom postoperative troponin screening is appropriate; Optimize strategies for intraoperative administration of fluid; Determine whether a surgical patient requires administration of blood products.

Physician Wellness /Emergency Airway Management

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.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification System: A Pro-con Debate

Recognize correlations between ASA physical status classification and other perioperative risk indexes; Elaborate on the advantages of the ASA physical status scoring system for perioperative patient assessment; Identify the goals of perioperative risk assessment; Elaborate on the shortcomings of the ASA physical status scoring system for perioperative patient assessment; Distinguish between risk scale, risk score, and risk prediction model.

Retraining/Cardiac Clearance

Identify reasons that anesthesia professionals might take an extended leave of absence; Access resources for reassessment and retraining after an extended leave of absence; Cite literature addressing preoperative evaluation of patients with cardiac disease; Use risk calculators to guide selection of appropriate preoperative testing for patients with cardiac risk factors; Recognize different types of myocardial infarction.



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

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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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