Anaesthetic nurse specialist role in perioperative anaesthetic management of patients who are morbidly obese

Nimmy John, Daphne Martin*, Leonita Hoy

*Corresponding author for this work

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This integrative literature review examined the role of an anaesthetic nurse specialist (ANS) in the perioperative anaesthetic nursing management of morbidly obese patients associated with elective orthopaedic surgery. The responsibility of the ANS is to provide high-quality perioperative anaesthetic care to ensure patient safety. Morbid obesity is increasing globally, with significant implications for healthcare delivery, care and treatment, including perioperative care. The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland emphasises that the perioperative management of these patients presents significant organisational and practical issues. However, there are limited data or guidelines on whether surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses routinely take special precautions in managing morbidly obesity patients undergoing elective orthopaedic operative procedures. The authors carried out a search of databases, followed by an integrated literature review and synthesis of 11 studies. The main findings revealed significant clinical challenges and resource requirements for perioperative anaesthetic management of this patient group. Recommendations are made to prepare for and manage these surgical patients, from preoperative assessment to postoperative care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-651
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 06 Jul 2023

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