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Ask Me Five: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Urge Patients To Be Proactive In Their Healthcare | NEWS-Line for Healthcare Professionals

Ask Me Five: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Urge Patients To Be Proactive In Their Healthcare


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What are important questions to ask an anesthesia provider before undergoing surgery? During Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 10-16, 2019), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) want patients to know how, by asking important questions, they can help themselves have a safer surgical experience.

“A lot of times, patients don’t know what to ask before they have surgery,” says AANA President Garry Brydges, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA, FAAN. “Learning the appropriate questions to ask their CRNA will help inform and guide them to do what is best before, during, and after anesthesia; and also will inform and guide the CRNA to create the best anesthesia plan for them.”

Five questions a patient should ask a CRNA include:

•Would you like my list of medications? Are there any concerns or things that I should do prior to anesthesia? (The list of your medications may include over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, smoking habits, or alcohol consumption.)
•Is it alright to come to my surgery alone or should someone come with me?
For men: I am currently taking Viagra. Will that interfere with my anesthesia experience in any way?
•For women: What are my anesthesia options for labor and delivery?
•I am diabetic, are there any special concerns before or after I have my surgery?
•Responses will differ based on patient medical history, physical condition, and other attributes. These questions will open a dialogue that will help patients and CRNAs communicate important information and plan together.

“Our patients and their safe anesthesia and surgical experience are a CRNA’s top priority,” says Brydges. “The more information a patient can provide for us, and the more they participate in their own planning and care helps improve the quality of care and outcomes.”

Source:American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

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