The Use of Cerebral Oximetry Monitoring in Cardiac Surgery

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 6/15/21

Course Expires: 6/14/22

In both the adult and pediatric population, cerebral oximetry using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has well-documented benefits during cardiac surgery. Studies have demonstrated that patients with lower cerebral oxygen saturations have poorer outcomes, and cerebral oximetry is believed to be a possible first alert monitor to lower cerebral oxygenation. The technology has also been shown to be extremely safe. As CRNAs are integral members of the cardiac surgery team, they will benefit from ongoing education on the use of NIRS technology for monitoring during cardiac surgery. 

This course is sponsored by an educational grant from Medtronic. 

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 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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  • Discuss the state of science behind the use of NIRS technology during cardiac surgery.
  • Discuss the technology used to monitor cerebral oximetry.
  • Outline practice considerations for the use of NIRS monitoring during adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Sherry Bernardo, DNP, MHA, MSN, CRNA


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