Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term


Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810-OL1

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

John Chovan and Sue Butz


Acute Flaccid Myelitis, AFM, AFM Awareness, Acute Flaccid Paralysis, EDV68, Myelitis

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) awareness is expanding in pediatric intensive care units(PICU) around the world. The underlying etiology and protocols of management remain unclear to many medical professionals today. As of 2014, a correlation to the disease is associated with an enterovirus pathology. Unfortunately, its presentation can be easily missed and lead to detrimental outcomes. The mysterious polio-like disease leaves the patient in a state of paralysis, frequently requiring feeding and ventilatory support. With the lack of scientific knowledge and surveillance in the hospital, clinicians and nurses feel guilt in not knowing if AFM was missed. As new research continues to develop, the healthcare system and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) require a sustained pursuit to cure and prevent this devastating illness from affecting the lives of innocent children. The author intends to inform and educate individuals on the need for immediate awareness of AFM and protocols for treatment to be established with its known etiologies thus far.

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Nursing Commons



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