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Special Care Considerations of the Post-Anesthesia Patient in the ICU

Rachel Nall, RN, MSN

1 Contact Hour

About the Author:

Rachel Nall, RN, MSN, is a registered nurse and freelance medical writer. She earned a Journalism degree from UT-Knoxville, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UT-Chattanooga, and her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia from UT-Chattanooga. Rachel’s articles have appeared in Everyday Health, Healthline, Medical News Today, and more. She also writes medical education materials across a variety of industries.

Contact Hour – 1

Course Description

All surgeries come with potential risk and the patient may arrive to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) intubated. This requires special care and knowledge by the ICU care team to ensure a safe extubation and positive outcomes. If the patient has any underlying cardiovascular or respiratory conditions, the risks can be even greater. This course will prepare the learner to identify the scope of respiratory failure in the post anesthesia patient. It teaches the important aspects of the respiratory assessment and includes the evidenced based protocols for the treatment of respiratory failure. Also included in this course are other complication considerations such as bleeding, hypovolemia and surgical site infections. The Nurse will learn to identify postoperative prevention methods and infection recognition of surgical site infections in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU. The course will also address the definition, incidence, recognition, assessment, and the proposed treatments of postoperative cognitive delirium in the post anesthesia patient in the ICU.

Course Content - Chapters, Topics & Quizzes:

Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher. No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare. Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from September 10, 2018 until September 18, 2020.

1Contact Hour