CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION COURSE
Infants and young children constitute a high-risk population for undergoing anesthesia and surgery due to unique anatomic, physiologic, and developmental differences compared to adults. A collaborative approach to pediatric anesthesia requires that all team members function with the most up-to-date information on caring for this challenging population. This conference will provide the anesthesia care team with current information on a variety of common pediatric anesthesia problems.
Learning Objectives for Participants
The information presented at this educational activity should improve the participants' ability to implement evidence-based strategies for the anesthetic management of children presenting for surgical procedures and anesthesia outside of the operating room. The presentations will enable attendees to be able to:
- State the physiologic consequences and subsequent anesthetic implications of laparoscopic insufflation in the pediatric patient
- Understand and be able to recite the principals pertinent to allergic reactions in the operating room, including the common anesthetic medications that cause allergic reactions and appropriate intraoperative management of anaphylaxis.
- Gain familiarity with latest surgical techniques employed in the treatment of pediatric patients with burn injuries.
- Gain familiarity with common regional techniques employed in pediatric anesthesia, including but not limited to: lower and upper extremity peripheral nerve blocks and truncal blocks.
- Describe the anesthetic implications of caring for a pediatric patient with a seizure disorder. Become familiar with several of the pharmacologic agents employed for the treatment of seizures in children.
- Describe the anesthetic implications of caring for a pediatric patient with cerebral palsy.
- Recall 2 - 3 recent publications in the pediatric anesthesia literature that have been identified to have potential impact on clinical practice. These publications will be reviewed for participants by an expert in the specialty.
- Describe a management strategy for complications encountered during a pediatric tonsillectomy. Complications reviewed will include laryngospasm and cardiac arrest.
- Describe the scientific basis for current NPO guidelines required of all pediatric patients prior to the delivery of anesthesia.
- Gain familiarity with the anesthetic implications of caring for the pediatric trauma patient, including but not limited to the latest indications for the transfusion of blood products in this patient population
- Apply expert opinion regarding best practices in the anesthetic management of intraoperative emergencies, including malignant hyperthermia and cardiac arrest.
- Be able to identify several techniques for securing the airway in pediatric patients who are known or suspected to be difficult to intubate.
- Be able to describe the anesthetic implications of caring for a pediatric patient with sickle cell disease, including, but not limited to anesthestic strategies employed to prevent acute chest syndrome and other postoperative complications.
- Describe the anesthetic implications of caring for a pediatric patient with Muscular Dystrophy including but not limited to anesthetic strategies employed to prevent hyperkalemia and other intraoperative complications.
- Describe the anesthetic implications of caring for a pediatric patient with autism.
Anesthesiologists, CRNAs, Pediatric Intensivists, Pediatric Nurses, Residents and Fellows in Anesthesiology, Student Nurse Anesthetists, and other health care providers interested in providing care for the pediatric patient.
The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this live educational activity for the maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). The optional Lunch-n-Learn Session is designated for an additional 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Attendees should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This course has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 8.0 CE credits, AANA Code Number 1029969; Expiration Date 09/09/2014. Certified nurse anesthetists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
In accordance with the ACCME Criteria and Standards, everyone involved in planning or presenting this education activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the healthcare industry, and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity. In addition, speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.