Mary Ford, PhD, CRNA, and Amber Coleman, BSN, during a post-anesthetic visit with Akesha Clark and her one-day-old newborn, Ahjoi, in the obstetrical unit at Virginia commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia. Post-anesthetic assessment is an essential component of the perioperative care provided by nurse anesthetists. Photo by Allen T. Jones
Instruments to Measure Preoperative Acute Situational Anxiety: An Integrative ReviewAcute situational anxiety is a subjective fearful feeling of emotion that is influenced by an immediate situation. Untreated anxiety in the perioperative period can lead to multiple deleterious effects for patients. Reliability and validity are not consistently reported among instruments that measure preoperational anxiety, making it difficult for providers to measure preoperational anxiety and provide treatment based on the results.
Implementation of an Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening Program at an Overseas Military HospitalAnesthesia providers and surgeons do poorly at consistently identifying patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) without use of screening tools. Aims of this project were to determine whether educating nurses about OSA and incorporating the STOP-BANG Questionnaire into preoperative forms was associated with an increased identification of patients with suspected OSA and an increased frequency of nurse-generated anesthesia consultation for OSA.