Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 2016

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo

Keywords

Guillain-barre syndrome, GBS, pathophysiology, demyelinating neuropathy, neuropathic conditions, nerves

Subject Categories

Critical Care Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nervous System Diseases | Nursing

Abstract

Guillain-Barre Syndrome consists of a group of neuropathic conditions characterized by progressive weakness and diminished or absent myotatic reflexes. The estimated annual incidence in the United States is 1.65 to1.79 per 100,000 persons (Walling & Dickson, 2013). Understanding how this condition progresses and the affects it has on a patient will assistant in providing optimal patient care as a future nurse anesthetist. As stated by Turakhia, P., Barrick, B., and Berman, J. (2013) “the anesthetic implications for the various comorbidities are varied and can be profound” (p.1). An individual who suffers from Guillain-Barre is a patient who certainly requires critical care management in order to avoid complications associated with the disease. Being aware of the pathophysiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment involved in caring for Guillain-Barre Syndrome can better prepare the advanced practicing nurse for patients suffering from this condition.

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