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University at Buffalo Professor Wins Mary Hanna Journalism Award

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For excellence in nursing research writing, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo received the 2019 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award.

The award honors authors who write quality research on anesthesia care, ambulatory surgery and pain management.

Carla Jungquist, who is also the adult/gerontology interim program coordinator in the School of Nursing, received the award from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) for her article, “Preventing Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression in the Hospitalized Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing published the article in October 2018, which found that postsurgical opioid-induced respiratory depression, caused by a decline in the ability to breathe, increases hospital stays by 55 percent.

As a result, the report found, the cost of care sees a rise of 47 percent and 30-day readmissions by 36 percent and causes a three-fold rise in inpatient mortality.

“The purpose of this article was to increase the knowledge of nurses about the early detection, prevention, and management of perioperative opioid-induced respiratory depression in patients with obstructive sleep apnea,” Jungquist said.

Jungquist received the award at the 2019 ASPAN National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6.

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