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Anesthesia Basics: The Role of the Nurse Anesthetist

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 4.5 hours Pharmacology: 1 hour
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Course Summary

The rapid growth of nurse anesthetists within surgical and other health settings has helped to improve available, cost-effective services for patients. Nurse anesthetists have a vital role in the management of the perioperative patient as well as in the provision of clinical support services outside the operating suite. As experienced anesthesia clinicians, they are able to assist in the education and training of new nursing and medical staff in the provision of safe and appropriate care during varied anesthesia procedures, including pre- and post-anesthesia care. With such a wide array of responsibilities, nurse anesthetists must possess a broad field of clinical knowledge.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.         Anesthesia Overview And General Concepts

1.   General Anesthesia and the Triad Model

III.       Types Of Anesthesia

1.   Cocaine and Derived Pharmacological Products

2.   Drugs Used in Local Anesthesia

3.   Regional Anesthesia

4.   Neuraxial Block Procedure

IV.        Epidural Anesthesia And Analgesia

1.   Neural Blockade

2.   Types of Epidural Anesthesia

3.   Duration and Influencing Factors

4.   Adjuvant Medications

5.   Neuraxial Anesthesia Complications

6.   Adverse Effects: CNS and Technique

V.          Intravenous Regional Anesthesia

1.   Contraindications

2.   Indications

VI.        General Anesthesia

1.          Mechanism of Action of Anesthesia Drugs

2.          Inhalation Agents

3.          Influencing Factors

4.          Halothane (Fluothane)

5.          Enflurane

6.           Isoflurane

7.           Adverse Effects of Halogenated Anesthetics

8.           Nitrous Oxide

9.           Xenon

10.               Oxygen

11.               Delivery Methods of Inhalation Anesthesia

12.               Intravenous Induction Agents

13.               Pre-anesthetic Medications

14.               Reversal of Neuromuscular Blockade

15.               Intravenous Administration of Fluids

16.               General Anesthesia Procedures

17.               Maintenance of Anesthesia

18.               Recovery from Anesthesia

19.               Total Intravenous Anesthesia

VII.      Preparing And Planning For Anesthesia

1.   Past History and Prior Anesthesia

2.   Current Medications

3.   Allergies

4.   Preparatory Phase

5.   General Anesthesia and Associated Drugs

VIII.    Summary


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