Managing Sleep Deprivation

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Class A Credits: 1.0

Format: Video

Run time: 55 mins

Course Launch Date: 1/17/20

Course Expires: 1/16/23

Sleep deprivation and fatigue are a part of anesthesia practice, however, failure to recognize and manage this problem risk the safety of both patients and providers. By reviewing sleep physiology, current evidence, and fatigue management strategies, nurse anesthetists can reduce the risk of harm to their patients and themselves.


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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 physiologic effects of sleep deprivation on humans.
  • Understand potential hazards of sleep deprivation and fatigue on clinical performance of anesthesia providers.
  • Understand adverse effects of shift work on nurse anesthetists.
  • Review fatigue management strategies described by the Joint Commission, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and the AANA.
  • Construct personal fatigue management strategies based upon principles of sleep physiology and recommendations of professional associations.

Cynthia A. Farina, DNP, CRNA, CNE

Staff CRNA - Beaumont Health System

Dr. Cindy Farina is a staff CRNA who currently works at Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a proud graduate of the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. Cindy has a strong interest in wellness issues that impact nurse anesthesia practice, including stress management, burnout, incivility, substance use disorders, and, of course, sleep deprivation and fatigue management in anesthesia practice. 


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