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Situated on the south side of the Tidal Basin, in West Potomac Park, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the most picturesque landmarks in Washington, D.C. Those attending the 72nd AANA Annual Meeting in the nation's capital, August 6-10, will enjoy a great variety of monuments and museums, as well as shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Throughout the meeting, participants will have opportunities to benefit from quality educational programs, the exhibit hall, and social activities. (Photo courtesy of Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation.)


  • Haloperidol: An alternative butyrophenone for nausea and vomiting prophylaxis in anesthesia The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently placed significant restrictions on the administration of droperidol. Haloperidol is another butyrophenone with antiemetic properties but without the FDA restrictions. This article reviews the literature regarding haloperidol and supports its use as a safe substitute for droperidol in the prevention and treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting.
    Keywords: Butyrophenone, droperidol, haloperidol, postoperative nausea and vomiting, sudden cardiac death.
    Version: 2005;73:273-275. Authors: James C. Smith, II, CRNA, MNA E. Laura Wright, CRNA, MNA
  • Pressure-support ventilation and diaphragm shortening in the rat model In this research article, the authors report the effect of pressure-support ventilation on diaphragm shortening, diaphragm work, and other cardiopulmonary parameters. Their findings may be useful to nurse anesthetists in the understanding of diaphragm work when patients are being ventilated with pressure-support ventilation.
    Keywords: Diaphragm shortening, pressure-support ventilation (PSV).
    Version: 2005;73:277-283. Authors: Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, CCRN L. Rae Long, CRNA, MS Peggy Simon, RNC, MSN Richard L. Clancy, PhD Janet D. Pierce, DSN, ARNP, CCRN
  • Cardiac arrest under anesthesia in a pediatric patient with Williams syndrome: A case report General anesthesia is considered safe in individuals with Williams syndrome as long as a thorough preanesthesia assessment is performed, including a complete physical examination. In this case report, the patient experienced several cardiac arrests during the cardiac catheterization procedure, necessitating emergency extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulation and immediate transfer to the operating room for emergency cardiac surgery.
    Keywords: Coronary artery obstruction, pediatric cardiac arrest, supravalvular aortic stenosis, Williams syndrome.
    Version: 2005;73:287-293. Authors: Krista Bragg, CRNA, MSN Gina M. Fedel, MD Amy DiProsperis, CRNA, MSN
  • Neuroprotective effects of thiopental, propofol, and etomidate In this course, the authors state that when selecting an anesthetic agent to be used for neurosurgical procedures, the anesthesia provider must consider the agent’s effects on intracranial pressure (ICP), cerebral blood flow (CBF), and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen consumption (CMRO2). They conclude that research has shown thiopental, propofol, and etomidate to be similar in neuroprotective capabilities for ICP, CBF, and CMRO2.
    Keywords: Anesthetic neuroprotection, thiopental, propofol, etomidate.
    Version: 2005;73:297-302. Authors: Brian Keith Turner, CRNA, MSN Judith H. Wakim, RN, EdD Janet Secrest, RN, PhD Richard Zachary, CRNA, MSN