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Doctor insights on: Is It Better To Have Crna Or Anesthesiologist Do Your Epidural

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Are crnas obligated to practice under supervision of an anesthesiologist?

Usually...: It depends on where you practice. CRNAs are usually required to practice under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. They can also practice under the supervision of the surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a nurse anesthetist and a anesthesiologist?

What are the differences between a nurse anesthetist and a anesthesiologist?

Med school: Anesthesiologist go through medical school and then do at least four more years of training to finish an internship and residency. Nurse anesthetists go through nursing school and then they may apply for a two and a half year training program after working some time as a nurse. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crna and anesthesiologist?

What is the difference between a crna and anesthesiologist?

Complex: Anesthesiologist is a doctor who did medical school then residency in anesthesia. Crna is a nurse, experienced in ICU care or similar, who attends an anesthesia training program. In most of the country crna practices under supervision of anesthesiologist, though in some states they can be independent. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crna and an anesthesiologist?

What is the difference between a crna and an anesthesiologist?

Med school: Anesthesiologist go through medical school and then do at least four more years of training to finish an internship and residency. Nurse anesthetists go through nursing school and then they may apply for a two and a half year training program after working some time as a nurse. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having an anesthesiologist and having a crna?

What is the difference between having an anesthesiologist and having a crna?

Med school: Anesthesiologist go through medical school and then do at least four more years of training to finish an internship and residency. Nurse anesthetists go through nursing school and then they may apply for a two and a half year training program after working some time as a nurse. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist? Which is better in labor?

What is the difference between a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist? Which is better in labor?

Education!: Physician anesthesiologists have graduated from medical school and done another 4 years of special residency training. Nurse anesthetists are rns with 2 years of anesthesia training. In a majority of states, nurse anesthetists can practice only under physician supervision. Make sure a physician anesthesiologist is available in any event for labor or a c-section. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist?

What is the difference between a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist?

Anesthesiologist : An anesthesiologist is a doctor that completed medical school, a four-year residency program, and often a one-year subspecialty fellowship. A nurse anesthetist is a nurse that completed nursing school and a two-year nurse anesthetist school. ...Read more