AANA December 2020 Journal Course: Anesthesia and Peri-Operative Considerations for Patients with Myasthenia Gravis (ME)

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Class A Credits: 1.0

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 12/18/20

Course Expires: 12/17/23

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.   

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

Post-Test Attempt Notice
A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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All presenters and planners of this CNE activity are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods, or services related to patient care. If any conflict has been disclosed, the planners of this program assure that the content is unbiased and free of any conflicts of interest. All planners, authors, and content reviewers disclosed there were no commercial interest relationships to declare.

  • Learning Outcomes Summarize the pathophysiology underlying myasthenia gravis.
  • Explain factors that contribute to myasthenic and cholinergic crises.
  • Describe the implications that immunosuppressants and anticholinesterase inhibitors (AChIs) have on neuromuscular blockade.
  • Compare the advantages of using sugammadex versus AChIs in patients with myasthenia gravis.
  • Identify the risk factors associated with postoperative myasthenic crisis.
  • Describe the specific considerations involving postoperative management.

Howard Roberts, MS, CRNA

Ian Hewer, PhD, CRNA

Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA