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Anesthesia: Special Considerations, Risk Factors, and Complications

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 4.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 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. This is the 2nd of a 2 part series on Anesthesia.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.         Anesthesia And The Newborn Patient

1.   Physiological Characteristics of the Pre-term Newborn

2.   Anesthesia Considerations in Neonates and Infants

3.   Pre-operative Assessment for the Neonate

4.   Intra-operative Procedure for the Neonate

5.   Post-operative Care for the Neonate

6.   Blood Transfusion in the Preterm Infant

7.   Progress of Surgical Techniques in Pediatric Patients

8.   Regional Anesthesia in the Newborn

III.       Anesthesia And The Elderly

IV.        Anesthesia And Obesity

1.   Pre-operative Assessment of the Obese Patient

2.   Respiratory Assessment of the Obese Patient

3.   Regional Anesthesia for the Obese Patient

4.   General Anesthesia for the Obese Patient

5.   Complications of Anesthesia in Obese Patients

V.          Anesthesia And Substance Use Disorders

1.   Alcohol Use

2.   Tobacco Use

3.   Marijuana (Cannabis) Use

4.   Cocaine Use

5.   Amphetamine Use

6.   Hallucinogen (Ecstasy) Use

VI.        General Anesthesia And Preoperative Fasting

VII.      Risk Assessment And ASA Physical Status Classification

1.   Monitoring Vital Signs During General Anesthesia

2.   Important Definitions and Terms

3.   General Monitoring Features During Anesthesia

4.   Thermoregulation and Monitoring Temperature Change

5.   Blood Loss and Continuous Monitoring

6.   Controlled Hypotensive Techniques

7.   Additional Vital Signs

8.   Anesthesia Cessation and Monitoring of Patient Awakening

VIII.    Management Of Complications And Adverse Events

1.   Anaphylaxis

2.   Post-op Nausea and Vomiting

3.   Hypothermia: Consequences and Prevention

4.   Effects on Central Nervous System

5.   Malignant Hyperthermia

6.   Unintended Intraoperative Awareness

7.   Minor Side Effects of Anesthesia

IX.        Occupational Hazards Of The Anesthesia Team

1.   Waste Anesthesia Gases

2.   Exposure to Blood-borne Pathogens

X.          Summary

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