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General Course Information for ANE635: Principles of Anesthesia I

Course: ANE635 - Principles of Anesthesia I
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Course Description: An in depth study of the administration of anesthesia utilizing principles of anesthesia with a pathophysiologic approach for the use of anesthesia equipment, the anesthesia gas machine, documentation, patient preoperative assessment, and basic patient care. Basic and advanced clinical monitoring, patient positioning, and thermoregulation are covered. Airway anatomy, basic and advanced airway management with practical laboratory applications.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Appraise anatomical and physical findings, functional status, patient history and surgical considerations to formulate and modify perioperative care.
  • Evaluate and utilize data obtained from noninvasive and invasive monitoring modalities as they relate to care throughout the perianesthetic continuum.
  • Demonstrate commonly used anesthesia equipment.
  • Value the contributions of nurse anesthetists to the practice of anesthesia.
  • Assemble fundamental concepts in anesthesia science and anesthesia administration.
  • Evaluate co-morbidities as they relate to the practice of anesthesia.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Appraise multi-system anesthesia related problems in terms of pathogenesis, mechanisms of system-to-system interactions and potential complications.
  • Appraise policy, issues, and trends in healthcare for their impact on anesthesia care and professional practice.
  • Appraise the integration of scholarship into evidence based clinical anesthesia practice.
  • Develop critical thinking to anticipate and solve problems, make decisions, and apply basic science knowledge to nurse anesthesia practice.
  • Evaluate the broad context or system within which nurse anesthesia is practiced.
  • Evaluate the patient's physical and psychological status identifying abnormalities that will have implications on the anesthesia care plan, including evaluation of all laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic test data.
  • Formulate anesthesia management plans for all complexities of anesthesia care through the entire perioperative phase using all available technologies.
  • Select therapeutic interventions based on scientific knowledge and emerging approaches to nurse anesthesia practice and healthcare delivery to promote optimal outcomes.
  • Select, assemble, and maintain proper equipment, anesthetic agents, and accessories in preparation for sedation, general anesthesia, and/or regional anesthetic techniques
Course Requirements: High fidelity patient simulated delivery of anesthesia will be utilized during the course.andamp; The student is required to participate in all simulation activities.

Students with Disabilities:
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Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

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  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
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