Ep 168: A Free App Created to Improve Anesthesia

Time is of the essence in the operating room, and it’s important that you’re able to track down the information you need as quickly as possible. Thanks to technology, this process is becoming much more efficient. Today we’ll introduce you to Matthew Willis, DNP, CRNA, the person who developed, coded, and maintains the educational app Master Anesthesia. Find out how this app is changing the way nurse anesthetists are able to track down information and make instant calculations right from their phones.  

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Technology continues to change the way healthcare professionals are able to their job, and a new anesthesia app is saving time in the operating room.

Matthew Willis, DNP, CRAN has spent the past few years developing the Master Anesthesia app while working as a CRNA. Not only did he develop the idea but also coded the app when he had free time between work and family. Now the app is out and being adopted by professionals across the country.

On this episode, we want to learn more about the app and its purpose in the OR. As Willis explains, he wants to make it easier for CRNAs to find answers in a clinical setting within 3-5 minutes. Not only does the app provide textbook answers, but it also allows nurse anesthetists to input their own experiences as well.

Check out the full conversation using the audio player above.

As you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • The premise behind the app and what it’s hoping to accomplish
  • How often information gets challenged in the app.
  • How he developed the app on his own and the time it took to code.
  • Free Open-Access Medical (FOAM) Education
  • Why he’s doing all this for free?
  • What all the different tabs within the app can do.
  • The calculator function and why it’s so helpful.
  • The vision he has for the app in the future.
  • How CRNAs can get involved and stay in the loop.

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

2:35 – What we’re talking about

3:53 – Matthew’s background  

5:26 – What the app does  

9:25 – Developing the app

12:50 – Why provide all this for free?

19:38 – How long did the coding take

23:45 – Capabilities of the app

25:49 – The calculator  

29:22 – The future of the app

31:49 – His costs

33:42 – How can CRNAs get involved

“The primary premise is to find answers in the clinical setting. Doing that, sometimes, is really difficult.”

-Matthew Willis, DNP, CRNA





COVID-19 Pandemic

Ep 213: Moral Injury and Nurse Anesthesia

With the increased distress and rationing of care that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of Moral Injury (MI) has started to garner much more attention in the world of healthcare. This repeated conflict between an individual’s morality and the management of care causes a deep emotional wound that often drives workers out of the profession altogether. Jerry Hogan, DNSc, CRNA wrote an article about this subject, so we’ve asked him to explain the effects of MI and how CRNAs can resolve this conflict.

Current Events

Ep 212: Thankful for the AANA and Its Ongoing Efforts for CRNAs

It hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of people, but we know there’s still plenty to be grateful for as we approach another Thanksgiving. Specifically, we wanted to shine the light on the AANA and everything they do for our profession each year. New AANA President Angie Mund, DNP, CRNA is a friend of the show and someone we appreciate quite a bit so we wanted to spend some time with her on this holiday to talk about everything she’s hoping to accomplish over the next year.


Ep 211: Anesthesia Management for a Pheochromocytoma

We’ve had CRNAs and SRNAs ask us to give them the essential information needed to manage a particular case and today we’re going to do that with Pheochromocytoma. This is the second episode in our endocrine surgical procedures series and there will be some valuable info that you might find on exams as well. Here’s the power-packed episode for anesthesia management for a Pheochromocytoma that we hope you get a lot out of.




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