August 17, 2017

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Meet Marshall Surgery Center’s Nurse Anesthetist Jason Klein

Jason Klien, CRNA, ACMC-Marshall Surgery CenterWhen he was in high school, Jason Klein’s guidance counselor planted the seed that eventually led him down the path to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). During nursing school his interest grew, and after observing a CRNA in action, he knew without a doubt becoming an anesthetist was what he wanted to do.

Becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Today Jason is a CRNA at ACMC-Marshall Surgery Center. He’s an important part of the care team. As the surgery center’s CRNA, Jason has the important role of administering—and monitoring—anesthesia for every patient at the surgery center.

Anesthesia is used to put patients into a deep sleep during surgery, but it also helps control your breathing, blood pressure blood flow and heart rate. Though there are several different types of anesthesia, the most commonly used form at the MSC is IV sedation, a kind of anesthesia that is administered through your veins.

Jason’s job begins long before the patient enters the operating room. The day before a patient is scheduled for surgery, Jason reviews their charts and determines a plan for anesthesia. After a patient is admitted to the ACMC-Marshall Surgery Center, Jason meets with them to go over their medical history and walks them through the anesthesia process so they are aware of what to expect going into surgery.

“I enjoy getting to meet with our patients, helping them to relax and understand what’s going to happen. Many times in medicine you don’t have instantaneous results. But as an anesthetist, you do,” Jason said. “It’s a great feeling when you wake a patient after surgery and can let them and their families know that everything went smoothly.”

The first 15 years of his career were spent working in a hospital setting. Then in 2013 Jason began working at the ambulatory outpatient surgery center in Willmar before transitioning to the Marshall Surgery Center last year.

“While the concept is the same, an outpatient surgery center is a little different than working in a hospital,” Jason said. “One of the biggest differences is the length of surgery. A typical surgery is completed in a shorter time frame at a surgery center. The average surgery takes about 90 minutes. Because the Marshall Surgery Center is an out-patient facility, patients are able to return home that same day. I’m enjoying the change of pace from hospital care to the surgery center.”

And after 18 years as a CRNA, Jason couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

“I take it for granted that I am a part of surgeries happening everyday. How many people get to work in a field where they get to help people overcome an illness or problem that has affected how they live their lives? It’s amazing to be a part of the team of professionals at the Marshall Surgery Center.”