Anesthesia for CRNAs - Credits On Demand


Full Course:  10 Class A Credits for CEU / CPD.

Short Course:  5 Class A Credits for CEU / CPD.

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's)

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Anesthesia Concerns for Children

Predict differences in drug distribution based on the differing body compositions of premature babies, term babies, and adults; Recognize the effect of protein binding on drug dosing schedules for premature and newborn babies; Adjust drug doses to account for decreased clearance in young children with immature hepatic and renal systems; Identify signs of sudden-onset cardiomyopathy in children; Ensure adequate preparations for treatment of sudden deterioration in children with cardiomyopathies who are receiving sedation and anesthesia.

Geriatric Outpatient Surgery/Standardization of Drugs/Brain Health

Stratify risk for adverse perioperative outcomes in older patients; Identify contraindications to outpatient surgery in geriatric patients; Recognize factors that contribute to perioperative errors involving medication; Advocate for standardization of drug concentrations at a facility; Implement practices to preserve brain health in geriatric patients considering surgical procedures.


Intraoperative Positioning and Nerve Injury/ Preoperative Optimization

Elaborate on risk factors for nerve injuries related to various perioperative positions; Optimize padding and anatomic orientations when positioning patients to reduce the risk of nerve injuries; Summarize the safety challenges particular to the lateral decubitus position; Delay surgery as appropriate in patients with obstructive sleep apnea; Provide more effective antibiotic coverage by identifying patients with and without a true penicillin allergy.

Smartphone Apps in Healthcare /Medical Literature

Elaborate on the benefits and challenges of patient-generated health care data; Recognize the value proposition for collection of data through use of smartphone apps; Interpret the current landscape of anesthesia literature from the perspective of a major journal editor; Identify drivers and trends in selection of articles for publication in the medical literature; Use current literature to drive consensus and guide clinical practice.

Coronavirus/Whole Blood as a Resuscitation Strategy

Elaborate on the biology of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus; Recognize clinical features of infection with SARS-CoV-2; Follow recommendations for personal protective equipment when caring for patients with coronavirus disease 2019; Cite currently available data on use of whole blood for transfusion in trauma patients; Consider the safety profile of whole blood when developing protocols for trauma-related resuscitation.

Malignant Hyperthermia/Pericardial Heart Disease

Explain the cellular mechanism of MH; Recognize and avoid triggers for MH in susceptible patients; Initiate appropriate treatment for acute episodes of MH; Elaborate on the hemodynamic abnormalities present in patients with cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis; Optimize intraoperative hemodynamics in patients with pericardial disease.

Perioperative Anaphylaxis/Psychosocial Causes of Pain

Recognize the most common triggers of perioperative anaphylaxis; Diagnose and treat perioperative anaphylaxis; Cite the role of tryptase in determining the presence of perioperative anaphylaxis; Elaborate on the effects of stress on the sympathetic nervous system and how they can perpetuate the experience of pain; Treat patients with chronic pain as whole persons instead of focusing only on disease state.

Perioperative Challenges in the Psychiatric Patient

Gather patient histories of common psychiatric disorders that can affect the delivery of perioperative care; Avoid interactions between psychiatric medications and agents commonly administered perioperatively; Recognize and treat serotonin syndrome and neuroleptic malignant syndrome; Assess capacity for giving informed consent in patients with serious mental illnesses; Implement regimens for postoperative pain control in patients with substance use disorders.

Anesthesia for Children in 2020

Elaborate on the rationale for preoperative fasting intervals after consumption of clear fluids in children; Maximize parental compliance with preoperative fasting guidelines; Explain the process and current legislation regarding approval of drugs by the Food and Drug Administration; Optimize views of the glottis during laryngoscopy in pediatric patients; Implement protocols for appropriate preoperative laboratory testing for children.

Neurologic Complications of Epidural Anesthesia/Airway Management in Pediatrics

Recognize and diagnose postpartum nerve palsies; Provide effective treatments for patients with postdural puncture headaches; Employ strategies to minimize risks of postpartum complications when placing epidurals for labor analgesia; Identify issues with airway management that are likely to occur in children; Use clinically effective devices to manage difficult pediatric airways.



  • AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 63 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1038501; Expiration Date 12/31/2023.
  • AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 62 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1038501; Expiration Date 12/31/2022.
  • AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 61 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037146; Expiration Date 12/31/2021.
  • AudioDigest Anesthesiology Volume 60 – This program has been prior-approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for 48.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1035579; Expiration Date 12/31/2020.
  • NOTE: AudioDigest Anesthesiology programs from 2018 (Volume 60) have expired and are not eligible for CE credit.
  • CRNAs must earn a score of 80% to receive credit, and are not permitted to retest due to features of the AudioDigest testing mechanism. A Learner Assessment/Program Evaluation form must be completed and submitted with each passed test before credit is awarded.
  • CRNAs may earn 1 credit per issue in Volume 63 from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023; Volume 62 from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022; and in Volume 61 from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.
  • Lippincott Professional Development is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Additional Information

Additional Continuing Medical Education options available:


If you have taken the current Anesthesiology CME Review listed above or if you are seeking additional credits, please visit our Custom Medical Courses.  There you will find abbreviated listings of additional ANESTHESIA courses available and ANESTHESIA courses that are soon to be released.