Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

Fall 7-29-2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

John Chovan

Keywords

Aneurysmal, Subarachnoid, Hemorrhage

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

“Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is the most devastating type of stroke” (Yu, et al., 2018). When an aneurysm forms at a vessel bifurcation, it weakens the walls of the vessel. This in combination with high intravascular pressure can cause a rupture of the aneurysm, which displaces blood into the subarachnoid space in the brain. A patient who presents with an aSAH is at risk for further complications including, but not limited to, delayed cerebral ischemia, seizures, and aneurysm re-rupture (Darsie & Moheet, 2017). Close monitoring and aggressive treatment are imperative for the preserving neurological function in these patients.

For many nurses, the neurological system serves as a weakness in their knowledgebase. It is a specialized field requiring specialized care. As a registered nurse working in a comprehensive stroke center, it is easy to identify the importance of education related to treating neurological patients and the close monitoring involved in their treatment. Continued education is a key part in reducing morbidities and mortalities in these patients. By giving both nurses and providers a better background in treatment options, they can feel more comfortable and confident in the care they are providing to their neurological patients.

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