Press Release: Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) and Texas CRNAs Answer the Call of States Overrun by the Pandemic

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2020
Contact: Ryan E. Poppe, 512-495-9004,
Or Jennifer Harris, 512-773-7168,

Texas CRNAs: Assisting States Hit Hardest By COVID-19

Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) and Texas CRNAs Answer the Call of States Overrun by the Pandemic

Austin, Texas---Texas Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are among the many health care professionals on the ground in cities like New York City which are currently being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. CRNAs have the responsibilities of administering anesthesia and monitoring patients during elective surgeries and procedures, but many have stepped up to assume different roles during the pandemic.

Anne Quasnitschka, a CRNA from Fort Worth and a member of the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists is on the ground in New York City providing care and support to COVID-19 patients and hospital staff.Anne Quasnitschka is one of the Texas CRNAs to answer New York City’s desperate cry for health professionals to provide relief in facilities overrun by the virus.

“The facility I am working out of looks like a war zone. Every patient being treated has COVID-19,” Quansnitschka said.

CRNAs are uniquely equipped to manage the significant respiratory issues that manifest in severe COVID-19 cases. CRNAs have a specialized skillset of particular value under these extreme circumstances.

“We can help with a facility’s respiratory needs. We can perform intensive and critical care work because our skillset as CRNAs translates well into so many areas beyond anesthesia care,” Quansnitschka said.

TxANA sends our thanks to Texas CRNAs who have taken on new roles serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About TxANA:

TxANA’s mission is advancing patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia. TxANA is a not for profit association aimed to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia, enhance the art and science of anesthesiology, and facilitate the provision of accessible, affordable, high quality health care. The membership is limited to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Nurse Anesthesia Students (SRNAs) who are members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Today there are over 48,000 CRNAs practicing throughout the United States, of which, over 4,500 are located in Texas.

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