Kansas Anesthesia Providers Celebrate 75 Years of Patient Safety
WICHITA, KAN. – On October 16, 1940, The Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (KANA), was founded by seven nurse anesthetists who met at the Wesley Hospital Nursing Home in Wichita. This month, KANA will celebrate the fact that 110 out of 132 hospitals (83%) in Kansas rely solely on Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide anesthesia care for their patients. CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses who administer anesthesia in all types of cases. Today more than 600 CRNAs practice across the state, and will commemorate 75 years of ensuring patient access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care, especially in the vast rural areas.
The first KANA President was Viola Baker from Wichita, who served as president until 1945. “Nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the American Civil War, and administer 40 million anesthetics each year nationally,” said KANA president, Christel Burke, CRNA, MS. “Our state organization was born in 1940, and we have been safely providing anesthesia during surgery, childbirth, emergency care, and chronic pain ever since. Not many organizations make it to this momentous milestone.”
Another special designation that KANA boasts is that in 2003, Kansas become the seventh state (out of 17 states to date) to opt out of the Medicare physician supervision rule for CRNAs, enabling healthcare facilities across the state to determine how best to staff and manage their anesthesia services. Kansas citizens have a long standing history of dedicated, progressive, and high quality CRNA care.
“Every day, CRNAs make a profound difference in the wellbeing of their patients by providing safe, watchful care during life’s most challenging moments,” said Burke. “CRNAs stay with their patients throughout every type of procedure, monitoring their vital signs and adjusting their anesthetics to ensure their comfort and safety. Working closely with all members of the patient care team, CRNAs are committed to watching over their patients from the time they go to sleep until the time they wake up.”
More than 50 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists visit Kansas Governor Brownback during Lobby Day in Topeka, January 28, 2015
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