On The Cover

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

Articles

  • Awake intubation using fast-track laryngeal mask airway as an alternative to fiberoptic bronchoscopy: A case report In this case study, the authors state that patients with rheumatoid arthritis pose a unique challenge to the anesthetist. The manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis may include cervical spine instability, limited range of motion, and temperomandibular joint involvement limiting mouth opening; therefore, securing the airway, while maintaining the head and neck in a neutral position, is of particular concern to the anesthetist.
    Keywords: Awake fiberoptic intubation, cervical spine instability, fast-track laryngeal mask airway, rheumatoid arthritis, temperomandibular joint.
    Version: 2006;74:429-431. Authors: J. David Parnell, CRNA, MS Jeff Mills, CRNA, MS
  • 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.
    Version: 2006;74:433-439. Authors: John Christ, CRNA, MSN Rosemary Cutler, CRNA, MSN Rebecca Mahrs, CRNA, MSN Donna Jasinski, CRNA, PhD Julie Pearson, CRNA, MSN
  • Lethal aortic dissection in a 33-week parturient: A case report The 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.
    Keywords: Anesthesia, aortic dissection, parturient, pregnancy, thoracic.
    Version: 2006;74:440-444. Authors: John G. Wooley II, CRNA, MSN Valerie Wynn Redmon, CRNA, MNA Jeffery Groom, CRNA, PhD, MSN
  • 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