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CRNA Examination Guide: Equipment, Instrumentation & Technology

Much like any other medical professional examination, the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist examination discusses a wide array of topics. While many of these topics deal with the physiological categories of a patient, there are several questions which revolve around the more technical side of this career. While the Equipment, Instrumentation and Technology portion of the CRNA examination only accounts for 15 percent of the overall examination, it’s imperative to hold a full understanding of its questions and topics. The following content outline is considered accurate as of January 2015 and is used by the majority of US CRNA Schools throughout the country. Before you go in for the exam, it’s imperative to ensure you hold a solid understanding of the following topics.

Anesthetic Delivery Systems

This portion of the examination will test your current understanding and working knowledge with the various delivery systems used to provide patients with their anesthetic medication. You should be well-versed in how the following delivery systems operate as well as their safety considerations:

  • High/Low Pressure Gas Sources
  • Regulators/Manifolds
  • Flowmeters, Valves and Floats
  • Vaporizers
  • Proportioning Systems
  • Pressure Failure Safety Devices
  • Fail-Safe Devices
  • Ventilator
  • Carbon Dioxide Absorbent
  • Anesthetic Circuits
  • Pneumatic and Electronic Alarm Devices

Airway Equipment

This portion of the exam discusses the various tools and techniques involved in working with the patient’s airways. There are a total of 11 primary topics which will be covered, and some of these primary topics feature secondary categories. Be prepared to discuss the following within this portion of the examination:

  • Face Masks
  • Laryngoscop Types
  • Endotracheal Tubes
  • Endobronchial Tube
  • Airways (Oral and Nasal)
  • Tracheostomy Tubes
  • Laryngeal Mask Airway
  • Intubating Laryngeal Mask Airway
  • Jet Ventilation
  • Lighted Stylet
  • And four other primary topics

Monitoring Devices

As a CRNA, you’ll be responsible for monitoring a wide array of vital signs. While many of these were utilized during your time as a Registered Nurse, it’s important to ensure you hold a solid understanding of:

  • Central Nervous System Monitoring Devices and Topics
  • Cardiovascular Monitoring Devices and Topics
  • Pulmonary Airway Monitoring

When considering schools to get your CRNA degree, it is imperative that you explore their eligibility requirements, examination guides, and lab assessments. Consider a comprehensive quality assessment score that includes mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, faculty to student ratios, master’s degree output, and of course the most important statistic – job placement of graduates. The military can be another resource to explore, such as The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN).