Typically, CRNAs are the provider with you from the start of your surgical experience in the preoperative holding area, throughout the surgery or procedure itself, and then safely transport you to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Just like working with anesthesiologists, CRNAs are trained to administer every type of anesthesia to patients in any healthcare setting that requires anesthesia, and are qualified to work in general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation, and pain management.
In addition, a number of studies have shown that anesthesia care is equally safe regardless of whether it is provided by a CRNA working alone, an anesthesiologist working alone, or a CRNA working with an anesthesiologist. Depending on the state in which you reside, an Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) model of anesthesia delivery may be required or desired by the health care facility. In this instance, an anesthesiologist and a CRNA will work together to deliver the safest anesthesia that has been determined for your care.