Overview of Course
The purpose of this activity is for the learner to become more familiar with performing a thorough preoperative assessment, creating a patient-oriented care plan that addresses the specific needs of a patient with myasthenia gravis. Consideration of risk factors that can lead to postoperative myasthenic crises should be screened for, such as previous history of myasthenic crisis, preoperative MGFA class, bulbar symptoms, and presence of thymoma.
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Summarize the pathophysiology underlying myasthenia gravis.
2. Explain factors that contribute to myasthenic and cholinergic crises.
3. Describe the implications that immunosuppressants and anticholinesterase inhibitors (AChIs) have on neuromuscular blockade.
4. Compare the advantages of using sugammadex versus AChIs in patients with myasthenia gravis.
5. Identify the risk factors associated with postoperative myasthenic crisis.
6. Describe the specific considerations involving post-operative management.
Verification of Participation
The participant will have only 2 opportunities to successfully complete the course post-test, which is comprised of 5 random questions pulled from the test pool of questions. The passing score of at least 80% is required for the exam in this course. If the participant fails the post test, he or she will not receive CE credits for this course.
This course has been prior approved by the AANA for 1.0 Class A CE credit; AANA Code Number: 1040035.
Course Expiration Date: 12/17/2023
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.