Anesthesia is provided in acute care hospital settings and outpatient facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices. In such settings, the perioperative team not only acts as a patient advocate and caregiver, but also assists the anesthesia providers — the anesthesiologist, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), or the new anesthesia person on the scene, anesthesia assistant — in providing safe and effective care before, during, and immediately after a procedure. To be an effective member of the surgical team, you must be knowledgeable about anesthesia, including how it works and how to assist in providing the best care to the patient.
The goal of this program is to provide the surgical team with information about the principles and practices of anesthesia care in the perioperative setting. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe three types of anesthesia.
- Describe two anesthetic-related considerations when caring for the surgical patient.
- Describe anesthesia awareness and the utilization of the BIS monitor.
- Identify two signs and symptoms of malignant hyperthermia crisis.
- Select the correct medication for the treatment of malignant hyperthermia.
This course is approved for surgical techs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.75 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.
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