Lisa K. Killam, CRNA, MS, stands in front of the poster she presented at the AANA Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, in August 2006, when she was a student at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. The poster abstract titled "Perioperative management of a patient with progeria" is included in State of the Science Oral and Poster Sessions: Part 2, on page 454 of this Journal. Killam is a staff nurse anesthetist as Catholic
A published student journal: Effect on graduate students of nurse anesthesia The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of a published student journal on the education, knowledge base, and clinical practice of nurse anesthesia students. The authors used a correlational design with a descriptive component. An assessment tool measured the students' perceptions of the Journal and the knowledge gained from reading an issue. An information-processing model was used to convey the educational value and clinical benefits of the journal.
Keywords: Case reports, graduate student education, nurse anesthesia, student journal.
Lethal aortic dissection in a 33-week parturient: A case reportThe authors of this case study report a lack of information on aortic dissection in parturients was identified within the US anesthesia literature. They said that because the nurse anesthetist may often be the primary or sole anesthesia provider, it is imperative that he or she become familiar with the signs, symptoms, predisposing factors, and treatment of this potentially lethal complication of pregnancy.
AANA Journal Course 5, Update for nurse anesthetists Ludwig angina: Forewarned is forearmed While the incidence of Ludwig angina is decreasing, this is an important disease process because failure to control the airway can have catastrophic consequences. In this AANA Journal course, the authors conclude that given the host of potential etiologic factors for Ludwig angina, it is unlikely that this potentially fatal clinical entity will disappear. Therefore, clinicians must be aware of the pathogenesis and treatment options for Ludwig angina, which need to be implemented quickly and systematically using a team approach.
Keywords: Airway, angina, infection, Ludwig angina.
Version: 2006;74:445-451.Authors: Michael J. Kremer, CRNA, DNSc, FAAN
Tracy Blair, CRNA, MSN