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Special Care Considerations Of The Post-Anesthesia Patient In The ICU

Written by: Rachel Nall, RN, BSN, CCRN

1 Contact Hour

Overview:

All surgeries come with potential risks. If the patient has any underlying cardiovascular or respiratory conditions, the risks can be even greater. 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. This course will prepare the learner to better care for the post-anesthesia patient population in the ICU.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this Course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the scope of respiratory failure in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • Identify important aspects of the respiratory assessment of the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • List evidenced-based protocols and treatment for respiratory failure in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • Identify the scope of bleeding complications and hypovolemia in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • Report important aspects of the nursing assessment by surgical type of the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • List evidenced-based protocols for bleeding complications and hypovolemia in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • Define the scope of surgical site infections in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • Summarize perioperative prevention methods of the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • Discuss postoperative prevention methods and infection recognition of surgical site infections in the post-anesthesia patient in the ICU
  • State the definition, incidence, recognition, assessment, and proposed treatments of postoperative cognitive delirium in the post anesthesia patient in the ICU.

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

HTRSD.ORG continuing nursing education is approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the (ANCC) American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

All State Boards of Nursing accept the Virginia Nurses Association Approval (with the exception of California)

HTRSD.ORG is also approved by the following State Boards of Nursing:

  • Alabama Board of Nursing - (provider # ABNP 1525, Effective 03/16/18 to 03/16/22)
  • Arkansas Board of Nursing - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.
  • Florida Board of Nursing - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.
  • West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses - (provider # 50-23867). HTRSD.ORG submits all continuing education records to CEBROKER after successful course completion.