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Release Date: November 14, 2016
Expiration Date: November 30, 2019
Hospital outpatient departments, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, and office-based surgery suites have grown exponentially in volume since the 1970s. The reasons for growth are multifactorial and include technological advances in surgery, anesthesia, and medication management; patient and provider demand and acceptance; quality and safety initiatives; and cost-containment efforts. The need for educated, knowledgeable, and experienced nurses will only increase as surgery numbers grow in the outpatient setting and anesthetic management and technology-enhanced surgery expand.
Ambulatory surgery nurses work as a team with the patient’s anesthesia care provider, surgeon, surgical technician, other nurses, and the patient to provide safe, efficient care while minimizing pain and anxiety for the patient. The provision of anesthesia during ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. Nurses caring for patients under anesthesia use critical thinking skills to assess each patient and coordinate customized care that results in optimal outcomes. Although complications related to anesthesia occur infrequently in the ambulatory surgery setting, nurses must be able to recognize and manage emergencies should they occur.
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with the information needed to effectively manage the nursing care of the patient undergoing anesthesia for ambulatory surgery. This course provides key concepts and knowledge to nurses who are new to the ambulatory surgery environment or who are considering entering the ambulatory surgery nursing specialty. The course also provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on anesthesia management and care relevant to the skills and practice level of experienced nurses already working in the outpatient surgery setting.
- Describe the process implemented to assess patients before admission to ensure appropriateness for the ambulatory surgery setting.
- Identify preoperative patient assessment requirements performed by physicians, anesthesia providers, and nurses.
- Recognize the various anesthetic agents and techniques used in the ambulatory surgery setting, and explain how to ensure safe intraoperative patient care.
- Discuss common interventions used during postprocedure care to promote patient comfort and safety.
- Recognize serious complications and manage emergencies that may occur during the administration of anesthesia in the ambulatory surgery setting.
Angela Kramer, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPS, is the director of ambulatory surgery for BayCare Health System in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She earned three board certifications through the Competency and Credentialing Institute, the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification, and the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. She is a certified nurse in the operating room, a certified surgery center administrator, and a certified professional in patient safety. Mrs. Kramer holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in healthcare management. She is a member of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and sits on the association’s committee for education. She is also a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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