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Located in tropical Orlando, Fla, Orange County Convention Center will be home to nurse anesthetists, nurse anesthesia students, exhibitors, and guests attending the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), August 3-7, 2002. AANA's Annual Meeting is designed to help CRNAs enhance their personal and professional development through interaction with their peers and others in anesthesia and allied professions. Its programming draws on current concepts in adult education that are intended to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and the attainment of a sense of oneness in the face of challenges from within and outside the profession. (Photo courtesy of Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.)

Articles

  • Assessment of postanesthesia short-term quality of life: A pilot study Quality of life is a major focus for researchers conducting studies on patient satisfaction and anesthetic outcomes. The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot a tool to measure the effect of anesthesia on short-term quality of life.
    Keywords: general anesthesia, quality of life, spinal anesthesia, tool development
    Version: 2002;70(4):267-273. Authors: LCDR Carey L. Oakes, CRNA, MS, NC, USN LCDR Kendall J. Ellington, CRNA, MS, NC, USN LT Kenneth J. Oakes, CRNA, MS, NC, USN CDR R. Lee Olson, CRNA, MS, NC, USN Kathleen M. Neill, RN, DNSc CAPT Charles A. Vacchiano, CRNA, PhD, NC, USN
  • Use of the Cook airway exchange catheter in "bridging" the potentially difficult extubation: A case report The unique characteristics of the Cook airway exchange catheter led the author of this case report to use it in the anesthetic management of a morbidly obese patient with significant tracheal deviation secondary to an enlarged thyroid gland.
    Keywords: Cook airway exchange catheter, difficult extubation.
    Version: 2002;70(4):275-278. Authors: Geraud Moyers, CRNA, MSN
  • Newly graduated nurse anesthetists' experiences and views on anesthesia nursing — A phenomenographic study Few studies have focused on newly graduated nurses and how they experience and perceive their clinical nursing situations. This qualitative study identifies and describes ways in which newly graduated nurse anesthetists in Sweden experience and perceive anesthesia nursing.
    Keywords: Nurse anesthesia, nurse anesthetist, nursing context, phenomenography.
    Version: 2002;70(4):281-287. Authors: Annika Larsson Mauleon, NA, RNT Sirkka-Liisa Ekman, RN, PhD
  • Boerhaave syndrome: A case report Spontaneous rupture of the esophagus (Boerhaave syndrome) is a rare condition that carries a mortality rate of greater than 30%, even when diagnosed soon after the event and treated aggressively. This case report presents an overview of Boerhaave syndrome, including morbidity, mortality and treatment.
    Keywords: Boerhaave syndrome, esophageal rupture.
    Version: 2002;70(4):289-292. Authors: MAJ William B. Marshall, CRNA, MS, MAE, USAF, NC
  • Use of a simple forearm tourniquet as an adjunct to an intravenous regional block The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether the application of a forearm tourniquet would accelerate onset time and improve the density and quality of an intravenous block.
    Keywords: Analgesia, Bier block, forearm tourniquet, intravenous regional anesthesia, lidocaine.
    Version: 2002;70(4):295-298. Authors: LT Roger Davis, CRNA, MSN, NC, USN LT John Keenan, CRNA, MSN, NC, USN LCDR Alex Meza, MD, MC, USN CAPT Patrick Danaher, DO, MC, USN CAPT Charles A. Vacchiano, CRNA, PhD, NC, USN CDR R. Lee Olson, CRNA, MS, NC, USN LCDR John Maye, CRNA, PhD, NC, USN
  • AANA Journal Course, Part 3 Update for nurse anesthetists — Etiology, mechanisms, and anesthesia implications of autoimmune myasthenia gravis In this Journal course, the authors emphasize the autoimmune neuromuscular defect in myasthenia gravis, current treatments for this syndrome, contraindications of certain anesthetic drugs in this condition, and anesthetic management of a patient with myasthenia gravis in the operating room environment.
    Keywords: Acetylcholine receptor, autoimmune disease, myasthenia gravis, receptor, neuromuscular junction.
    Version: 2002;70(4):301-310. Authors: MAJ Thomas E. Ceremuga, CRNA, MSN, AN, USA Xiang-Lan Yao, MD, PhD Joseph T. McCabe, PhD