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LSUHSC Nursing awarded $1 million grant to improve care for veterans
Date:8/1/2014

New Orleans, LA The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing an Advanced Nursing Education grant in the amount of $1,049,739 over three years. The funding will support training interprofessional teams of students to improve the quality of care for military veterans and diverse populations with behavioral health disorders and multiple chronic conditions. Laura Bonanno, DNP, CRNA, LSUHSC Nurse Anesthesia Program Director and Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing is the project director.

It has been reported that up to 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, and 19% of these veterans suffer from the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI.) More than 315,000 veterans were living in Louisiana as of September 30, 2013. Unless recognized by the health care professional, PTSD, depression, and TBI can have far-reaching and damaging consequences, particularly in the operating room. Veterans undergoing surgery are at risk for serious conditions due to changes in neurobiological function linked to behavioral disorders.

Anxiety, depression, PTSD and TBI are associated with a condition called Emergence Delirium. Emergence Delirium is defined by the behavioral symptoms of restlessness, confusion, and combativeness upon emerging from general anesthesia, and it can affect up to 20% of combat veterans undergoing surgery. Surgery and general anesthesia are also recognized as potential triggers for flashbacks.

Dr. Bonanno, Dr. Deborah Garbee, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Dr. John Paige, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, along with other LSUHSC faculty, will teach teams of graduate nurse anesthesia, medical and allied health professions students to recognize these risks. They'll develop scenarios to train the student teams to better manage these patients using the f
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Contact: Leslie Capo
lcapo@lsuhsc.edu
504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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