GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — World Anesthesia Day is taking place on Oct. 16, and the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists is honoring the many Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the state.

“Anytime you undergo a surgical procedure, you’re more than likely going to have a nurse anesthetist administering your anesthesia, and of course that’s a very important part of your surgery,” said Lisa Mueller, the president of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

World Anesthesia Day commemorates the first time anesthesia was successfully used.

For the full conversation with Lisa Mueller, watch the video in the player above.