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.