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 87 (CRNA87) Topics Include:  Perioperative Risks with Heart Failure, Candidates for Liver Transplant, ERAC, Optimizing Physician Well-Being, Pediatric Outpatient Surgery, and more.

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Airway Management/Preadmission Testing/ Dual Antiplatelet Therapy

Minimize risk for aspiration in obese patients undergoing surgery; Identify risk factors for difficult airway in patients with obesity; Recognize perioperative risks associated with heart failure; Select appropriate preoperative cardiac tests; Apply current guidelines for dual antiplatelet therapy when evaluating patients with coronary stents in preparation for noncardiac surgery.

Malpractice Cases

Apply criteria for admission to the hospital of pediatric patients after tonsillectomy; Elaborate on the 4 criteria for malpractice liability; Recognize economic variables in malpractice litigation; Manage upper airway obstruction in pediatric patients; Adopt characteristics of physicians associated with lower risk for malpractice lawsuits.

Anesthesia for Liver Transplantation

Select appropriate candidates for liver transplantation; Preoperatively evaluate the cardiac status of candidates for liver transplantation; Assess pulmonary vascular indices in candidates for liver transplantation; Choose invasive and noninvasive intraoperative cardiovascular monitors for patients to undergo liver transplantation; Optimize intraoperative coagulation status during liver transplantation.

Congenital Heart Disease

Recognize the prevalence of common congenital cardiac anomalies; Differentiate among different types of congenital heart disease; Explain the hemodynamic abnormalities associated with repaired and unrepaired congenital heart defects; Appreciate the effects of congenital heart disease on multiple organ systems; Implement anesthetic strategies to optimize cardiovascular function during noncardiac surgery for patients with congenital cardiac anomalies.

Enhanced Recovery After Cesarean Delivery

Elaborate on factors contributing to maternal morbidity and mortality after cesarean delivery; Cite current guidelines addressing enhanced recovery after cesarean delivery (ERAC); Incorporate multimodal analgesia into institutional protocols for cesarean delivery; Ensure adequate monitoring for women who receive neuraxial opioids; Successfully implement ERAC programs.

Preoperative Cardiac Testing/Technology in Anesthesia

Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of preoperative cardiac testing; Factor the degree of discordance among preoperative cardiac assessment tools into decision making; Identify patients with good indications for preoperative cardiac testing; Recognize the challenges associated with developing a machine-learning model to predict respiratory decompensation; Elaborate on the steps involved in the creation of a machinelearning algorithm for predicting and treating hypotension during cesarean delivery.

Preoperative Issues in Anesthesia

Elaborate on current terminology used to describe sex and gender; Explain the benefits, risks, and perioperative implications of hormonal therapy for transgendered individuals; Recognize the effects of preoperative anxiety in children on postoperative recovery; Administer appropriate pharmacologic anxiolytic premedication to children undergoing surgery; Identify children likely to benefit from nonpharmacologic methods for reducing anxiety preoperatively and during induction of anesthesia.

Is Patient Safety the Pinnacle of Quality Perioperative Care?

Recognize patients' perceptions of physicians and health care systems; Implement perioperative care pathways to maintain patient brain health; Avoid medication errors and other preventable harm during the perioperative period; Advocate for systemic changes to health care systems to optimize physician well-being and avoid burnout; Proactively address waste in health care systems.

Perioperative Burn Management

Estimate the severity of burn injuries; Recognize the indications for referring patients with burns to higher levels of care; Elaborate on the physiologic derangements associated with burn injuries; Monitor patients with burns intraoperatively; Design effective pain control regimens for patients with burns.

Recall After Anesthesia /Patient Selection for Ambulatory Surgery

Elaborate on the contemporary neurobiologic model of consciousness and awareness; Implement targeted strategies to prevent or manage complications related to awareness and recall in patients undergoing anesthesia; Assess the role of dreams in a patient's recall of awareness during anesthesia; Apply appropriate exclusionary criteria for pediatric outpatient surgery; Create a protocol for assessment of children scheduled for outpatient surgery.



  • AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 63 – 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 12/31/2023.
  • 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 2018 (Volume 60) 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 63 from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023; Volume 62 from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022; and in Volume 61 from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.
  • Lippincott Professional Development is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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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