PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness: PeriAnesthesia is a specialty branch of nursing concerned with providing care to patients who are undergoing or recovering from anesthesia. Anesthesia is used to temporarily reduce the sensation of pain in patients undergoing surgery or other procedures.
The first full week of February (February 6 – 12) marks PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW), an annual event honoring the nation’s 60,000 nurses who have committed their lives to practice of PeriAnesthesia. Sponsored by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), this year’s theme was, “PeriAnesthesia Nurses: Skilled in Nursing, Professionals in Caring.”
Surgery can be a stressful procedure, physically and emotionally. To help you endure these anxieties, here are three steps to prepare for surgery:
PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness - Surgery Prep Tip #1: Consider Your Options
It is always a good idea to speak with your doctor about your upcoming surgical procedure. Compile a set of questions to ask your doctor so you are fully aware and prepared for the process. Is surgery the only treatment option available? How long does the procedure last and what kind of side effects should you expect? These are just a couple suggestions to help you start the conversation. Educating yourself about your procedure can help reduce any worries you may have.
PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness - Surgery Prep Tip #2: Choose the Team Right For You
As you prepare for your surgery, it is important to find a doctor or surgical team who are experienced and you trust. Studies show that survival rates are much higher in hospitals where many surgeries are performed in contrast to hospitals where fewer surgeries are performed. Find a team of surgeons who specialize in operations of your specific condition. Finding a team you trust will help relieve some of the pre-surgery anxiety.
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PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness - Surgery Prep Tip #3: Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions
While pre-surgery instructions differ based on your condition, most doctor’s recommend a patient be in general good health before undergoing a surgical procedure. This means eating a well-balanced diet, getting sufficient sleep, and abstaining from unhealthy activities such as heavy drinking and smoking. Also, be sure to tell your doctor about any medication you are taking as they may instruct you to stop prior to your surgery.
To commemorate the annual PANAW celebration, head over to ASPAN’s online store and grab yourself some gear to show your support of PeriAnesthesia nurses everywhere. To learn more about what you can do to prepare for your surgery, check out Everyday Health’s What You Need To Know About Surgery.