CX0048: Risks of Anesthesia

Course Description:

Any time someone goes under anesthesia, there are risks associated with the procedure. These risks are clear and easily explained by those who are informed. Every nurse should be able to explain to their patients the risks involved with anesthesia, and also allay fears concerning both waking up during the procedure, and never waking again. This course aims to detail the issues of anesthesia and how to help patients understand the risks involved. As well as helping nurses understand the side-effects to be expected with anesthesia, and warning signs of a possible problem.

After reading Risks of Anesthesia the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify three general factors that may increase a patient’s risk for anesthetic complications.
  2. List three pre-existing disease states that may increase a patient’s risk for anesthetic complications.
  3. Describe the American Society of Anesthesiologists' physical status classification.
  4. State the current estimated mortality rate associated with anesthesia.
  5. List three types of physical injury that may result from anesthetic procedures.
  6. Define “intraoperative awareness” and state the current estimated statistics for occurrence according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
  7. Describe current research findings related to the use of brain wave monitors.
  8. Identify two potential sources of anaphylaxis related to anesthesia.
  9. List three residual effects of anesthesia that the nurse might observe in a postoperative patient.
  10. Define the role of the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist related to the anesthesiologist.

Course Options:

You can read this course for free. Pay for the course only if you want to grade the exam for continuing education credit (Contact Hours) towards your license.

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Contact Hours: 3.70
Price: $29.00

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* Upon successful completion of our courses your certificate of completion is immediately available for you to print AND we electronically transfer your completion information to CE Broker every Monday at 4:00PM EST. There is no need for you to mail your certificate; we do it for you electronically!

**Upon successful completion of these courses your certificate of completion is immediately available for you to print AND we electronically transfer your completion information to the State Education Department daily at 4:00PM EST. There is no need for you to mail your certificate; we do it for you electronically!