Perioperative nerve injury prevention

Perioperative nerve injury prevention - #52

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Identify causes of anesthesia related nerve injury.

Nerve Injuries Associated with Anesthesia

Prevention of nerve injuries in the perioperative period

  1. Identify the potential causes resulting in anesthesia associated nerve injury.
  2. Describe the common scenarios associated with nerve injury in the operating room.
  3. Describe preventative measures correlating to each of the common scenarios.
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