Celebrate PeriAnesthesia Nurses Week!

Celebrate PeriAnesthesia Nurses Week!

From February 7-13, our country celebrates PeriAnesthesia Nurses Week. Please join the nurses from ACP 2 and Edwards Pavilion as we reflect on our own contribution to Surgical Services.

PeriAnesthesia nursing focuses on the care of patients undergoing surgery and invasive procedures that require sedation, analgesia, and anesthesia. They work closely with Anesthesiology and follow specific guidelines to prepare patients for surgery—reviewing their health data base, obtaining pertinent test results, and giving important instructions prior to the day of surgery.

They also care for patients postoperatively in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). There, they prepare patients for discharge and provide education for their recovery. Later, they follow up with the patient at home, ensuring their recovery is going well and providing additional patient education.

The American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), the professional organization for the specialty of perianesthesia nursing, is responsible for defining and establishing the scope of PeriAnesthesia nursing. In doing so, ASPAN recognizes the role of the American Nurses Association (ANA) in defining the scope of practice for the nursing profession as a whole.

Congratulations to all AAMC’s PeriAnesthesia nurses and have a great week!

-Evelyn Rochlin, RN

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