Prevention of Postoperative Visual Loss

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2016
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Marble, Tim
Camille, Felix
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Anesthesia providers have the responsibility of providing safe and competent care to patients that entrust them with their lives. It is expected that all potential hazards be minimized during that time. Such expectation can be met utilizing a plethora of current research evidence available at the disposal of every provider. After conducting a thorough literature review on the incidence of Postoperative Visual Loss (POVL), it is understood that though rare, such a complication can be devastating as it can result in permanent injuries to the victim’s visual system. The knowledge base of a convenience sample size of 39 Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) at Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) on preventative measures of POVL was assessed. The intent of this capstone is to educate the current SRNAs at Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) regarding POVL. The ultimate goal is to increase vigilance among current ADU SRNAs when caring for those susceptible to developing POVL, which may subsequently decrease its incidence. A simple t-test difference was conducted. It determined the correlation between the pre and post-tests. The results suggested a significant increase in the knowledge base amongst the SRNAs following a thorough PowerPoint presentation. Education via a POVL PowerPoint presentation is a great positive tool to assess ways in which SRNAs stay informed on current evidence based anesthesia care. The results of the presentation demonstrated an increase in posttest scores and therefore a better understanding of POVL among the sample chosen.
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