Clinical Practice

The Fat Embolism Syndrome Revisited-A Review of Literature, With New Recommendations for the Anesthetized Patient (.5 Class A CE)

Sunday, September 23
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Room 210, Hynes

Current criteria used to make the clinical diagnosis of fat embolism syndrome were never intended to be applied to a sedated, mechanically ventilated patient in the operating room, and as such, are outdated. Because of this, confusion still exists amongst anesthesia providers in recognizing this potentially fatal clinical condition. A thorough review of the proposed mechanisms of fat embolisms is provided, as well as the historical criteria traditionally used to diagnose it. We then present a more exacting and rigorous grading scale, tailored specifically for the anesthetized patient, with the hope that it will aid the clinician in recognizing and successfully managing its manifestation.

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Christopher Allen Humston, MSN, CRNA

CRNA-assistant clinical coordinator for SRNA education
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Gahanna, Ohio

I am a 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia and since that time have spent my career providing high quality care to pediatric patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to clinical work, I currently serve as assistant coordinator for SRNA education and remain busy with numerous research projects and academic endeavours. In my spare time I enjoy mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and spending time with my wife and 3 children.

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Jamie Huffman, MSN, BSN, RN, CRNA

CRNA
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Canal Winchester, Ohio

I graduated from the Providence Hospital School of Nursing (Diploma Program) in the year 2000, then obtained a BSN degree at Capital University(Ohio), and went on to graduate from the University of Akron's nurse anesthesia program with a MSN in 2010. I have worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital since that time as a CRNA, providing high quality care to our complex patient population. In addition, I work contingent for Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Oh providing OB anesthesia. I am actively involved in student education, serve as a liason between the PACU and anesthesia staff, and participate in QI and research projects.

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