PeriAnesthesia Nurses Recognized at Regional Hospital of Scranton
The work of PeriAnesthesia nurses often goes unseen or unremembered by the patients they serve, but the vital role they play before and after a surgical procedure is celebrated once a year by Regional Hospital of Scranton during National PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW) held this year February 6 – 12.
The theme for the 2012 national celebration is "PeriAnesthesia Nurses: A Vital Role in Patient Care." The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), in conjunction with its 40 chartered components, recognizes the extraordinary work its nurses perform throughout the year.
PeriAnesthesia nurses practice in preanesthesia (before surgery) and postanesthesia (after surgery) care, outpatient surgery, and pain management settings.
According to Gordon Travis, RN, director of surgical services, the PeriAnesthesia nurses at Regional play a vital role in providing quality care to patients. "These professionals help prepare patients for surgery with the goal of optimizing the outcome and monitor the recovering patient post-procedure. Their attention to detail and focus are an important link in providing our patients with a continuum of quality care throughout their surgical and hospitalization experience," he explained.
PeriAnesthesia nurses at Regional Hospital of Scranton were treated to a reception within the hospital and each nurse received a tote bag that echoed the theme for this year of "PeriAnesthesia Nurses: A Vital Role in Patient Care."