Anesthesia Care Implications of Paragangliomas and Pheochromocytomas

Pak, Soomee
Nielsen, Mignon
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Pheochromocytomas (PHEO) and paragangliomas (PGL) are rare conditions that an anesthesia provider may or may not encounter in his or her career. However, due to the life-threatening nature of these conditions and the critical anesthetic implications in the perioperative periods, the authors deemed it a must to present a lecture to the group of student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) at Adventist University of Health Sciences. The educational lecture was provided with the goal of bridging the SRNAs’ knowledge gaps regarding PHEO and PGL in general, and of helping them to be more familiar with PGL in particular. A convenience sample of 34 SRNAs was utilized after informed consents were obtained. For the purpose of analyzing the effectiveness of the PowerPoint lecture, the pre-test and post-test scores were compared. A paired t test revealed p value of < 0.05, affirming the statistical significance. The pre-test scores had shown the lack of knowledge in general, as evidenced by the low average test scores (3.47/11). The mean post-test scores (6.32/11) were definitely improved after the lecture, albeit the average was still less than optimally anticipated.