Seminar Detail

Care of the Perianesthesia Patient

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:
Post-operative complications can be fatal if not recognized and treated rapidly. Complications can lead to extended hospital stays, increased cost, and diminished quality of life. If you care for patients who receive sedation, anesthesia and analgesia in the operative, interventional or diagnostic setting, this seminar is for you. Utilizing case studies and the latest evidence-based practice guidelines, Delores "Dolly" Ireland will sharpen your understanding of the factors associated with perianesthesia care.

Many post-operative complications, including potentially-fatal malignant hyperthermia, can occur in the immediate post-operative period. Plan on attending this seminar and learn the many components needed to adequately evaluate patients' health histories and performance statuses, increase patient safety, and prevent crisis situations. Learn effective teaching strategies so patients know what to expect postoperatively and send your patients home with the tools they need to achieve their optimal outcomes. Whether you work in the outpatient or inpatient setting, this seminar will boost your confidence in caring for patients experiencing these and other complications.
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Relate the pre-operative assessment and findings to the anesthesia decision-making process.
  2. Discuss the regulatory issues and standards driving changes in perianesthesia practice.
  3. Identify new protocols emerging as evidence-based practice.
  4. Describe the pharmacology and physiology of frequently-used induction, inhalation, neuromuscular blocking, and reversal agents used in the perianesthesia setting.
  5. Identify the key elements involved in medical malpractice.
  6. Discuss effective perianesthesia documentation.
  7. Demonstrate why certain populations pose challenges in the perianesthesia setting.
  8. Identify appropriate management of acute pain in the post-operative setting.
  9. Describe common post-anesthesia complications
  10. Identify interventions for these common post-anesthesia complications.


Delores "Dolly" Ireland has over 46 years of nursing experience with 40 of those years dedicated to the specialty of perianesthesia nursing. She has provided clinical care at the bedside for pre- and post-op cases in all disciplines and has provided leadership and management within the perianesthesia specialty for over 15 years.

Ms. Ireland serves as adjunct faculty in the Nursing program at Baker College and as an expert witness and legal reviewer for perianesthesia malpractice cases. Dolly is a past president of ASPAN, the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses and serves as a certification coach for ABPANC, the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification. She has authored leading articles in perianesthesia journals, book chapters and association newsletters.

Dolly is a sought-after speaker, providing humor and case-based stories to emphasize content topics. She has shared her expertise on the perianesthesia specialty both nationally and internationally.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Delores (Dolly) Ireland is Lead Faculty/Area Chair, College of Nursing for University of Phoenix. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Delores (Dolly) Ireland is a member of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN).
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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