Advanced Pathophysiology for the APN
Dr. J. Chovan & Dr. S. Butz
COVID-19, Corona virus, testing, tracheostomy, anesthesia
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has changed the lives of many. To combat the disease referred to as COVID- 19, anesthesia providers must be educated on specific topics. Understanding of a brief history of previous strands of the disease details the need for measures to reduce healthcare providers exposure. As patients present to the operating room (OR), viral and antibody testing combined provides identification and prognosis of the disease with infected patients who can transmit the disease. Anesthesia providers encounter transmission entry points frequently increasing possibility of exposure. The disease process of COVID-19 can lead to progression of complications necessitating interventions from anesthesia providers. Specific care instructions can limit the possibility of provider exposure. The extensive viral plume that is produced by tracheostomy procedures amplify the probability of exposure. lf tracheostomy is in the best interest of the patient, the use the acronym CORONA for guidance of care and the use of a designated team in the OR should be utilized to reduce exposure.
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