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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) - Lt. Col. Kevin Scharff injects medication into an IV during a scheduled Cesarean section at the Bitburg Annex Hospital Jan. 18. National Nurse Anesthetist Week kicked off Jan. 22 and goes through Jan. 28. The week honors Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and educates people on the importance of their work. Nurse anesthetists have been working with surgeons, dentists and podiatrists for nearly 150 years to deliver safe anesthetic care. The Bitburg hospital has three nurse anesthetists on staff who provide care to about 900 servicemembers and their families each year. The team also augments Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Scharff is the 52nd Medical Operations Squadron chief nurse anesthetist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eydie Sakura)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Eydie Sakura
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