What’s the Latest with Cerebral Oximetry?

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Class A Credits: 1

Format: Video

Run time: 37 mins

Course Launch Date: 11/2/20

Course Expires: 11/1/21

The brain consumes approximately 20% of the total body oxygen per minute. Even brief periods of cerebral hypoxemia can lead to residual neurologic damage increasing hospital length of stay and the need for long-term skilled nursing care. While the brain is the target organ for general anesthesia, it is the least monitored of the organ systems and current monitoring and management relies on indirect measures of brain blood flow and oxygenation such as heart rate, blood pressure, end tidal carbon dioxide and peripheral oxygenation.  Clinical studies and case reports suggest that non-invasive measurement of cerebral oxygenation through the application of near-infrared spectroscopy (cerebral oximetry) improves outcomes in a variety of surgical settings. In order to maximize the patient benefit of this technology, nurse anesthetists must understand how it functions, its limitations, and its demonstrated clinical applications. 

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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  • Understand the science of nearinfrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
  • Describe how cerebral oximetry works.
  • Recognize the advantages and limitations of cerebral oximetry.
  • Discuss the clinical applications of cerebral oximetry.

Bryan A. Carrico, MSN, CRNA, BS

CRNA, Duke University Health System



Vincent Ford, DNAP, CRNA

Dr. Vincent Ford is a staff CRNA at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. He has served in the role of neurosurgical clinical lead since 2018. In 1999, he received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development. He also holds a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University granted in 2001. In 2012, he was awarded his B.S.N from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a M.S.N in Nurse Anesthesia in 2016 and received his Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice in 2017. In addition to operating room responsibilities, Dr. Ford is also a guest lecturer at the Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program.


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