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Anesthesia Students Published in AANA Journal

Eric Barrett and Jason Trotter, both February 2011 graduates of UI’s Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) program, were recently published by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).  

Barrett’s article, titled “Management of a Traumatic Tracheal Tear: A Case Report,” appeared in the December 2011 edition of AANA Journal.

The following is an excerpt from Barrett’s article:

“This case report describes a posterior tracheal tear in a healthy 8-year-old girl. The child sustained the injury while riding her scooter, when the handlebars of the scooter dislodged after running into the curb, causing the shaft to strike her in the manubrium of the sternum. The child presented with subcutaneous emphysema of the neck and the supraclavicular region bilaterally. Before the patient’s arrival, the surgical and anesthesia team had extensive discussion regarding the child’s perioperative management, which included the need to maintain spontaneous ventilation to avoid opening the tracheal tear and producing a further increase in the size of the pneumomediastinum.”

Trotter’s article, titled “Catecholamine-Resistant Hypotension Following Induction for Spinal Exploration,” appeared in the February 2012 edition of the journal.

The following is an excerpt from Trotter’s article:

“Systemic blood pressure is regulated by three mechanisms: the sympathetic nervous system, the renin-angiotensin system, and the arginine-vasopressin system. The use of angiotensin II receptor blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors has become prevalent in the medical treatment of hypertension. These classes of medications inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, specifically the action of angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor. This article describes the case of a 67-year-old man undergoing surgery for a spinal exploration who had hypotension following induction that was refractory to fluid administration and agents with mixed agonistic activity but responded to a vasopressin and phenylephrine infusion.”

 Click here to read Barrett’s article in its entirety

 Click here to read Trotter’s article in its entirety

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About AANA
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing more than 42,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who are the hands-on providers of approximately 32 million anesthetics given in the United States each year. They administer every type of anesthetic, work in every type of practice setting, and provide care for every type of surgery or procedure—from open heart to cataract to pain management. For more information, go to

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Feb 16th, 2012