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A Survey to Determine the Operational Readiness Training of the Army Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

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Technical Report

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Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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The Army certified registered nurse anesthetist CRNA isan integral part of the health care team and offers avaluable service to the medical care of soldiers and their families. Delivering anesthesia on the battlefield will be vastly different from that of the technologically advanced military treatment facilities. The purpose of this study was to survey the type and amount of trauma education and experience received by Army CRNAs. Results of this analysis revealed a mean of 6.48 4.6 years of military anesthesia experience. Annual anesthetics administered per Army medical facility ranged from 0-50,000. Trauma anesthesia is not included in 40 of current practice. Of particular interest, 71 percent of the respondents indicate that they did not have a trauma rotation in their clinical program. Fifty-three percent of respondents have been deployed. According to the questionnaire results, most respondents felt that vital training could be achieved through civilian trauma experience, attending the advanced trauma life support course, and participating in more deployment exercises.

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