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Education for Registered Nurses Completing Preoperative Anesthesia Interviews: A Quality Improvement Project

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      This quality improvement project implemented job-related education for registered nurses (RNs) completing preoperative anesthesia interviews (PAIs) to increase their knowledge and confidence, improve completeness of documented preoperative interviews, and decrease day of surgery (DOS) cancellations.


      Pre/post implementation design and retrospective chart review.


      An educational module on PAIs was created and RNs working in the pre-admission testing (PAT) clinic were asked to complete the module. Pre and post implementation data was collected on RN knowledge and confidence, assessment completeness, and DOS cancellations.


      Knowledge and confidence increases were not statistically significant, although several interview components within PAI documentation improved with statistical significance. Overall DOS cancellations, although not statistically significant, were found to decrease, 1.3% to 1.2%.


      Registered nurses’ knowledge, confidence and PAI completeness improved after completing the educational module with anesthetic considerations. Patients seen at the PAT clinic for PAIs before the DOS allowed for patient optimization and education leading to decreased preventable DOS cancellations.


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