Trinity Health's Department of Anesthesia includes two types of specialists: anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).
Physician anesthesiologists are highly trained medical experts who evaluate, monitor, and supervise patient care before, during, and after surgery. Anesthesiologists have years of medical education and clinical training to make critical decisions should an emergency arise or if a routine procedure becomes complicated, making every second count. They are responsible for:
- Evaluating your medical condition
- Recommending an appropriate anesthesia plan
- Diagnosing and treating problems that might surface during a procedure
- Making critical, split-second decisions that can save your life
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who undergo rigorous testing and credentialing by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. CRNAs work independently or in collaboration with physician anesthesiologists, surgeons, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals to provide anesthesia care in all types of settings and for all types of surgeries and procedures.