Nurse Anesthesia Secrets

Nurse Anesthesia Secrets

By Mary C. Karlet, CRNA, PhD, Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program, Duke University School of Nursing; Durham, North Carolina


I. Anesthesia Equipment and Monitors
1. The Operating Room
2. The Anesthesia Machine
3. Anesthesia Circuits
4. Airway Management
5. EKG Monitoring
6. Standard Patient Monitors
7. Advanced Hemodynamic Monitors
8. Patient Positioning

II. Clinical Pharmacology
9. Inhalation Anesthetics
10. Induction Drugs
11. Narcotics and Benzodiazepines
12. Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
13. Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Anticholinergic Drugs
14. Inotropes and Vasoactive Drugs
15. Local Anesthetics
16. Antiemetics and Diuretics
17. Drugs Affecting Coagulation
18. Herbal Products

III. DISORDERS AND DISEASE STATES
19. Cardiovascular Disease
20. Respiratory Disease
21. Neurological Disorders
22. Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Disorders
23. Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances
24. Coagulation and Hematologic Disorders
25. Fluid Management and Transfusion
26. Acid-Base Balance
27. Renal Disease
28. Gastrointestinal Disorders
29. Liver Disease
30. Endocrine Disorders

IV. Surgical Procedures
31. Genitourinary Surgery
32. Ophthalmic Surgery
33. Orthopedic Surgery
34. Vascular Surgery
35. Cardiac Surgery
36. Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery
37. Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgery
38. Neuroskeletal Surgery
39. Neurosurgery
40. Laparoscopic Surgery

V. Special Patient Populations
41. Obstetrical Anesthesia
42. High Risk Obstetrical Anesthesia
43. Neonatal Patient
44. Pediatric Patient
45. Geriatric Patient
46. Outpatient Anesthesia
47. Trauma
48. Burn Patient
49. Obesity

VI. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management
50. Spinal Anesthesia
51. Epidural Anesthesia and Analgesia
52. Intravenous Regional Anesthesia
53. Peripheral Nerve Blocks
54. Pain Management

VII. Special Considerations
55. Latex Allergy
56. Temperature Disturbances
57. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
58. Devices for Managing Cardiac Arrhythmias
59. History and Organizational Structure of the Nurse Anesthesia Profession
60. Legal Terminology