What would be a routine day for a CRNA? What do they do if they dont administer Anes.? Are they just a plain nurse when they are not helping in a surgery?
Apr 23, '04
My routine is to arrive at work about 30-45 min. before my first case starts. Machine check and equipment/drugs readied for at least the first case. I usually do some prep for the cases that are supposed to follow. The I go see the first one. About 1/2 the time, my MDA has already seen the patient, if so I do a quick confirmation regarding CV, resp, neuro and check the airway. Then back to the room quickly to get the last few details finished if they are obese or I need to alter my plan. The case is comleted and I stop by Pre-op after dropping the last patient off to do it again. Sometimes no doc has seen the patient which I actually like better because I don't fully trust the assessment the docs do. They can be lazy and just check no to the questions where there is information to be gleaned. The number of cases may vary from 2 big cases a day to 6 depending on the room. Cataracts and ESWL are even busier. Our hospital has 23 ORs and the ESWL trailer comes Q 3 weeks. We do not sit around much, maybe once a week or so, there is down time, but we all stay pretty busy, docs included. All in all, a good fast workday. There is no traditional nursing tthat is done if we are not passing gas. We do the usual education and support the patients and the families but that is pretty much it. Half the big syringe, all of the little syringe and turn of the purple gas is about it :chuckle
Last edit by WntrMute2 on Apr 23, '04