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Our plastic surgeons choose to use a group of Certified Registered Anesthetists (CRA) for administering general anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care.
A CRA is qualified, licensed and trained to administer general anesthesia. The educational requirements to become a CRA are extensive. Prior to applying for admission to a graduate program in anesthesia, a candidate must have a five-year bachelor’s of science degree, a current license as a registered nurse, and a minimum of one year’s acute care nursing experience. The master’s degree nurse anesthesia program itself is 24-36 months, depending on university requirements. CRAs are board certified and mandatory continuing education is required for recertification every two years.
Our plastic surgeons have been working with a select group of CRAs since the beginning of their practice. Every member of our anesthetist team has 15 - 25 years of anesthesia experience, and has specialized in “Outpatient Anesthesia” for a minimum of 20 years plus. Together, our plastic surgeons and the CRAs have maintained a superior safety and patient care record.
We have found that the nursing background of CRAs has added a higher quality of personal attention to surgery and recovery, while maintaining the highest medical safety and care. Anesthesiologists may be used with high risk patients that require surgery at the hospital.Another reason that our surgeon prefers CRAs is that they stay with the patient throughout the surgery and until the patient is discharged home from the recovery room. We feel that it is important that the patient is monitored closely during the period in the recovery room.