AANA December 2022 Journal Course: Overview of Preoperative Risk Analysis: ASA Physical Status Classification and the Surgical Risk Calculator

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 12/13/22

Course Expires: 12/12/25

 The CRNA has a vital role and critical position to provide safe and effective anesthesia and speak on behalf of the patient when they cannot speak for themselves. Paramount to this process is analyzing risk factors related to the patient’s physical status, the particular surgical procedure, and the method of anesthesia delivery.  

The American Society of Anesthesiology Physical Status Classification is a foundation in preoperative patient assessment. This preoperative assessment tool is used for assessing patient’s functional reserve and risk for anesthesia. The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program developed the Surgical Risk Calculator. This preoperative assessment tool uses 21 preoperative risk factors to predict 13 perioperative complications and is proving a reliable indicator for predicting patient risk.

Anesthetic techniques such as multimodal analgesia and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery have demonstrated significant impact on patient outcomes. There are potential improvements and opportunities for anesthesia providers to collaborate and improve patient risk analysis.

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.

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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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  • Describe the benefits and limitations to the ASA Physical Status classification in analyzing preoperative risk.
  • List patientspecific factors that increase the perioperative risk according to the Surgical Risk Calculator.
  • Outline the importance of patient risk analysis.
  • Discuss potential benefits and limitations to current risk analysis practices.

Thomas Diller, CRNA, MSN