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Anesthesia services are provided to patients at United Hospital District by our team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who administer anesthesia and other medications. They also monitor patients who are receiving and recovering from anesthesia. CRNAs have extensive clinical training and have passed a certification exam approved by the National Boards of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America.

Some of the services that are provided at United Hospital District include:

  • Anesthesia during surgical procedures and some emergency room procedures
  • Analgesia, or pain control, for labor patients if requested
  • Assistance with acute or chronic pain management
  • Assistance with emergency management and trauma stabilization
Interview and Communication

As a patient, communication and cooperation between you and your anesthesia professional are essential to the anesthesia process and your safety. Before surgery, a confidential, pre-operative interview with one of our anesthesia professionals helps determine your personalized care. The type of anesthesia that can be administered to you will be based on your current health.

After your surgery, it is equally important to inform your anesthesia professional about any complications or issues you feel are related to the anesthesia. Anesthesia medications can remain in your body for several hours or more after they have been administered, and you won’t be back to your old self until the anesthetic has been totally eliminated. Never hesitate to ask your anesthesia provider any questions you might have, before or after your anesthesia is administered.

After the pre-operative interview and careful review of any tests, such as blood work, electrocardiogram or X-rays, the anesthesia provider will discuss with you the available option(s) with regard to your anesthetic choices. These anesthesia options are based on factors such as your physical condition, the nature of the surgery, and your reactions to medications. Be sure to communicate any concerns or fears with your anesthesia provider, as this is quite common. Open, honest communication is key in the selection of the best and safest anesthetic for you.

Cyndi Jensen, CRNA

Laraine Klunder, CRNA

David Krusemark, CRNA