Lisa C. Scott, RN, BSN, confirms placement of a double-lumen endobronchial tube with a fiberoptic scope. Scott is a senior student in The University of Iowa College of Nursing Anesthesia Program, Iowa City, Iowa. The school is one of 88 nurse anesthesia programs in the United States today.
Acupuncture and pain: A review of the literatureIn this review article, the author discusses the basics of Western medicine theories and treatment modalities of pain, followed an in-depth look at acupuncture. The discussion touches upon the theory of acupuncture with a concise review of the investigations that have been undertaken to provide scientific data for its effectiveness in pain management.
Keywords: Acupuncture, alternative medicine, chronic pain, complementary medicine, pain management.
Awareness under general anesthesiaUndetected intraoperative awareness remains a significant problem for anesthesia providers. This literature review discusses assessment methods that can be trusted when general anesthesia is provided and measures that can be taken to prevent recall patients under general anesthesia.
AANA Journal Course, Part 4 Update for nurse anesthetists -- Neuroleptic malignant syndromeNeuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a potentially fatal condition composed of hyperthermia, extrapyramidal symptoms, autonomic nervous system disturbances, and altered levels of consciousness. Although uncertainty exists about its cause, most studies suggest it is the result of dopaminergic deficiency in the central nervous system, most commonly caused neuroleptic medications. In this AANA Journal course, the author discusses pathophysiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, and treatment of NMS.
Keywords: Malignant, neuroleptic, syndrome.
Version: 2003;71:389-394.Authors: Steve Waldorf, CRNA, MSN