Study Question of the Week


CPAN Question of the Week

An unresponsive 25 kg patient arrives to PACU after an emergency appendectomy. Anesthetic agents received in the OR include sevoflurane, morphine, and rocuronium. Vitals on arrival are BP=100/72, HR=125, RR=26, T=37° C (99.1°F), SaO2=95%. After 10 minutes, the temperature increases to 38.6° C (101.5 °F) with generalized trunk rigidity, and premature ventricular contraction. The perianesthesia nurse suspects that the patient is exhibiting signs of:

  • 1. Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • 2. pseudocholinestrase deficiency.
  • 3. intraabdominal sepsis.
  • 4. malignant hyperthermia.

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CAPA Question of the Week

Patient anxiety over perceived loss of privacy and dignity in the PACU can be minimized by:

  • 1. anticipating the administration of an anxiolytic agent.
  • 2. providing clothing and blankets that provide adequate cover.
  • 3. assuring that all access to the OR is restricted.
  • 4. reassuring that anxiety is part of the surgical experience.

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Each Wednesday at 6am ET, ABPANC will post a CPAN® and a CAPA® study question. Use these questions to test your knowledge, display in your unit and discuss with your colleagues. The answer, along with the next week’s question, will be posted the following Wednesday at 6am.

For each question, we will post the reference from ABPANC’s Study References List (Appendix D), as well as the domain and content area information from the Test Blueprint.

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