anesthesia

Beyond the Clouds: Anesthesia for Cannabis Enthusiasts

With marijuana legalization spreading across the globe and vaping gaining popularity, it’s crucial for healthcare providers and patients alike to understand how these factors can impact the surgical experience. In this episode, we’ll explore this topic and share the considerations CRNAs need to make when dealing with cannabis users

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The Earliest Nurse Anesthesia Pioneers

In this episode, we’re joined by guests Stacy Yancey, MSNA, CRNA and Megan Conner, PhD, CRNA to pay homage to formidable women like Sophie Winton and Gertrude Gerrard, whose remarkable bravery and dedication earned them medals and a place in history.

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Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorder in Anesthesia Providers: Are We Part of the Problem?

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) impacts all types of people but trying to confront addiction is never easy. Today we’ll try to unravel the stigma surrounding SUD among anesthesia providers with Amy Yerdon, DNP, MNA, CRNA, CNE.

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From Standards to Testimony: The Anatomy of Medical Legal Review

We’ll cover anesthesia standards created and published by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, and share some of our own experiences acting as expert witnesses in medical legal complaints filed on behalf of patients.

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Running for Office & CRNA Advocacy with Lee Bias

Sharon and guest host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA had the opportunity to sit down with Lee Bias, a CRNA with an eye on political office, to talk about the critical role political engagement plays in the anesthesia profession.

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Automated Bliss: Transforming Anesthesia Care through Artificially Intelligent Drug Delivery

Today’s episode explores the revolutionary landscape of automated drug delivery systems in anesthesia. The hosts unravel the intricacies of these technologies, discussing real-world examples and contemplating the integration of adaptive, intelligent computer systems.

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The Anesthesia Enigma: Decoding Sedation and Cognitive Aftermath

Today, we will closely examine a phenomenon that’s growing in frequency and importance and getting more and more attention in the anesthesia community: postoperative delirium.

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How to Own or Direct an Ambulatory Surgery Center as a CRNA

Today’s guest, Brett Maxfield, MS, CRNA, is here to show us the path to owning or directing an Ambulatory Surgery Center after doing it on his own over the past eight years. We’ll take you through a remarkable journey that begins with organ failure and then uncover the vast career opportunities for CRNAs, spotlighting the importance of adaptability and embracing the diversity of roles that await passionate individuals.

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The Remimazolam Revolution: Changing the Anesthetic Game

Today Garry and Terry will be focusing on the revolutionary benzodiazepine – remimazolam. In this episode, we unravel the intriguing tales from diverse case studies, exploring the unique applications and benefits of remimazolam in different surgical scenarios.

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Treating PTSD and Considerations for the Healthcare Provider

It’s estimated that more than 31 million Americans have PTSD but we still don’t have a great grasp on how to support and treat those struggling with this. Today we’re going to explore anesthesia’s role in patient care with guest host Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA and Major Randy Cornelius, DNP, MBA, CRNA.

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The Importance of Creating an ICU RN/CRNA Shadow Program

Imagine the impact a structured shadowing program can have on ICU nurses thinking about a future as a CRNA. That’s why today’s guest, Caroline Killmon, MS, CRNA has helped create a shadow program at her hospital in North Carolina and will share the experience so far. We’ll look at the positive ripple effects it can have on the nursing community, the success stories emerging from these shadowing experiences, and the impact a well-constructed shadowing opportunity could have on the future of healthcare.

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Hematoma or Hemostasis: Anticoagulants’ Influence on Anesthetic Outcomes

Today we want to unravel the intricate relationship between anticoagulants and regional anesthesia. Join Garry and Terry as they navigate through the delicate balance of benefits and risks associated with these practices. We’ll dive into the world of anticoagulation reversal agents, discussing FDA-approved options such as Idarucizumab and Andexanet.

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Unmasking PTSD: A Candid Conversation with Jim Reed, a Special Operations CRNA

In this episode, we’re excited to welcome in LTC(ret) Jim Reed, DNP, MSNA, CRNA to shed some light on diversion and substance use disorder. They begin by discussing Jim’s current activities and then delve into his background, starting with his early life in the sunny southwest. Jim shares his journey from growing up in Arizona, joining the military, and becoming an enlisted man in the Army.

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The Future of Anesthesia Heading Into 2024

We’re closing out the year with what’s becoming an annual conversation on the podcast. Today we’ve invited back NorthStar Anesthesia CEO Adam Spiegel and Chief Anesthetist Officer Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, to update the state of the profession and discuss what’s to come for CRNAs in the year ahead. From business strategy shifts to workforce development to Surprise Billing, we’ll cover some of the top issues impacting anesthesia and CRNAs heading into 2024.

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Doctoral Project Review: Non-Cognitive Needs Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia Candidates

We’re excited to welcome DNP candidates Morgan Mahle, CRNA and Rachael Ellis, CRNA to present their doctoral project on the show, which proposes the implementation of MMI or other non-cognitive testing tools into the admissions process. Join us to learn more about what the MMI process accomplishes and why non-cognitive testing might be able to help differentiate candidates in a highly competitive pool.

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The Block Stops Here: A Deep Dive into Neuromuscular Blockades

In this episode of Anesthesia Alchemy, Garry and Terry briefly discuss the history, physiology, and pharmacology of using non-depolarizing neuromuscular blocking drugs as anesthesia adjuncts.

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Advocacy in Nurse Anesthesiology Training with Dr. Kristie Hoch

We pose the question to guests all the time about how to get more CRNAs involved on the advocacy side of the profession, but today’s guest is taking a hands-on approach to instilling that mindset at the educational level. Dr. Kristie Hoch has taken her passion for advocacy and applied it to the nurse anesthesiology program at the University of Arizona. Together with co-host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA, we will hear all about her training process and why she thinks this leadership training will pay off in all aspects of their careers.

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A Movement to Enhance Obstetric Anesthesia with Suzie Newell

Today we’re joined by Suzie Newell, DNP, CRNA, FAANA once again, but this time we will focus on an area of anesthesia that has become outdated: obstetrics. Behind her passion for this area of anesthesia, Suzie helped create the Society for Obstetric Nurse Anesthesia and Research (SONAR) to fill a void for people that had practical solutions to problems she was seeing in the field. Find out how this organization came to be, what it hopes to accomplish, and how you can get involved.

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The Glucagon-Like Podcast: Navigating GLP-1 Receptor Agonists in Anesthesia

Terry and Garry dive into the fascinating world of GLP-1 receptor agonists, those tiny molecules that can be both a blessing and a potential risk factor when it comes to anesthesia. In this episode, we’re going embark on a journey through the world of diabetes management, how it intersects with the realm of anesthesia and what the implications are for providers in the operating room.

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What We Gain When We Sacrifice with Yana Krmic, CRNA

Sacrifice is part of the job when you’re a nurse. We all understand that comes with the territory. But there’s an even greater level of sacrifice for those who try to be advocates and leaders within the profession.

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