Understanding Motivations and Barriers of CRNAs Involved in Global Health: A Qualitative Descriptive StudySurgical care provided through short-term medical missions (STMMs) is an important component of global healthcare. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are equipped with valuable knowledge and skills to help those lacking access to healthcare. Understanding the motivations and barriers to the participation of CRNAs in STMMs is vital to increasing their participation in these trips, which positively influence global healthcare.
AANA Journal Course, Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation: Effective Longterm Therapy for Obstructive Sleep ApneaHistorically, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was believed to be primarily anatomical in origin due to excess tissue obstructing the airway. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, the most common surgical approach, failed to resolve OSA in 59% of patients. Contemporary research focuses on physiologic contributors to OSA, such as impaired airway dilator activity and failure of the neuromuscular feedback loop. Hypoglossal nerve stimulation is a new treatment option for eligible patients that addresses this neurofeedback-loop dysfunction.