February 1996 AANA Journal

Table of Contents


Differential diagnosis of malignant hyperthermia
Print version: 1996;64(1):4.

Book Reviews
Pediatric Anesthesia: A Pocket Companion
Reviewed by: Susan Bontempo Clement, CRNA, MS
Print version: 1996;64(1):4,14.

Guest Editorial
By Karen L. Zaglaniczny, CRNA, PhD
The transition of the national certification examination from paper and pencil to computer adaptive testing
Print version: 1996;64(1):9-14.
Keywords: Computer testing, computerized adaptive testing, credentialing, national certification examination.

Legal Briefs
By Gene A. Blumenreich, JD
Drennan v Community Health Investment Corporation
Print version: 1996;64(1):15-19.
Keywords: Negligence per se, pharmacy, standard of care.

Management Briefs
By Billie C. Bradford, BA
HCFA issues 1996 anesthesia Medicare conversion factors
Print version: 1996;64(1):20-24.
Keywords: Conversion factors, Health Care Financing Administration, Medicare.

AANA Journal Course: Update for nurse anesthetists – Carbon monoxide poisoning: Role of the anesthesia machine's carbon dioxide absorption system
By Chris Altman, CRNA, BSN
Although carbon monoxide (co) poisoning of patients undergoing anesthesia with volatile anesthetics is probably a rare occurrence, it is a potential problem for all anesthesia providers. In this AANA Journal course, the author provides background on co, signs and symptoms of co toxicity, difficult detection, intraoperative co poisoning, avoidance of the problem, and treatment of co poisoning.
Print version: 1996;64(1):41-47.
Keywords: Barium hydroxide lime, carbon dioxide absorbent, carbon monoxide, carboxyhemoglobin, halogenated anesthetics, soda lime.

Education News
By Ira P. Gunn, CRNA, MLN, FAAN
Health educational costs, provider mix, and healthcare reform: A case in point – nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists
Print version: 1996;64(1):48-52.
Keywords: Educational costs (nurse anesthetists/anesthesiologists), healthcare reform, health provider mix, health workforce.

Washington Scene
By David E. Hebert, JD
The congressional gift ban: Changing the way Washington works.. . and plays
Print version: 1996;64(1):57-59.
Keywords: Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, gift ban, lobbyists, reimbursement.

Imagining in Time
By Eugene J. Murdock, Jr., CRNA, MSN
Susan B. Deaver, MEd, MHP
Documenting the discovery of anesthesia: The Crawford W. Long Museum
Print version: 1996;64(1):60-64.
Keywords: Anesthesia history; biography; Crawford W. Long Museum; Crawford Williamson Long; ether, first use as an anesthetic.

How does the peer review process influence AANA Journal article readability?
By Chuck Biddle, CRNA, PhD
John Aker, CRNA, MS
This study examined the readability of the AANA Journal, quantifying the effect of peer review on case and research reports. Computer analysis of all manuscripts was accomplished using a program that incorporated the Gunning and Flesch indexes.
Print version: 1996;64(1):65-68.
Keywords: Nursing publications, peer review, readability of manuscripts.

Cost-effective anesthesia: Desflurane versus propofol in outpatient surgery
By Eileen M.C. Kurpiers, CRNA, MS
John Scharine, CRNA, MS
Sandra L. Lovell, CRNA, MA, MS
This original research compared the costs of desflurane and propofol as maintenance anesthetics. Recovery time and related drug expenses were included in the cost comparison.
Print version: 1996;64(1):69-75.
Keywords: Desflurane, cost, propofol, outpatient surgery.

A study comparing characteristics of nurse anesthesia programs with the success rate on the certification examination
By Idena Carroll-Perez, CRNA, MS
There are numerous nurse anesthesia schools across the country with a wide range of passing rates on the national certification examination (NCE). This study was conducted to determine if a relationship exists between various characteristics of nurse anesthesia schools and their success rate on the NCE.
Print version: 1996;64(1):76-80.
Keywords: Credentialling, national certification examination, nurse anesthesia education.

Anesthetic management of arteriovenous malformation: A case report
By Karen Roth Tasman, CRNA, MSN
This article closely examines the pathologic changes and anesthetic implications related to intracranial arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). A case report is presented, followed by a discussion of the pathophysiology, current medical management, and theoretical basis for anesthetic management of AVMs.
Print version: 1996;64(1):81-88.
Keywords: Arteriovenous malformation, cerebrovascular hemorrhage, hyperemia.

General and Subscription Information
Print version: 1996;64(1):4.

Index to Advertisers
Print version: 1996;64(1):91.

February 1996 AANA Journal
Volume 64 , Number 1
ISSN 0094-6354
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