Appreciating the Western World of Anesthesia
he world of says to you, “Now what do you want to do tion for Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO).
T anesthesia is a
place. How excited
next?” They are looking for the obvious
answers: reposition, use a different blade,
smaller ETT, use a bougie, etc. You go to
School is certainly a full-time job, and you
may not be able to volunteer right now. But
when you have completed your training and
were you the first your Plan B and are successful. you deliver an outstanding, first-class anes-
time you walked into Now imagine you are in a different thetic to a patient, consider patients who
the simulation lab country and the luxuries of Western medi- has never had access to healthcare and the
Emily McClanahan Funk, and saw all the differ- cine simply are not there. There is no impact you could make on their lives. They,
RN, BSN, CCRN ent blades, handles, GlideScope® or fiberoptic scope, and you in turn, will have an impact on you.
Student Representative to machines, the are happy to have a laryngoscope blade and Audrey Ezeike, RN, BSN, is a student
the Education Committee GlideScope® a handle with a working battery. representative to Health Volunteers Overseas’
Email: Emilylee@aol.com bougie, the fiberoptic Many organizations work to advance the nurse anesthesia steering committee. Audrey
scope? delivery of healthcare in third-world coun- has had the opportunity to travel to a
Now think about delivering anesthesia on tries. The Council for Public Interest in third-world country and see first hand the
your normal day at clinical. You do a direct Anesthesia has been instrumental in main- health disparity. I hope you enjoy reading
laryngoscopy and are unable to intubate. You taining a liaison with Health Volunteers her experience.”I
come back out, mask-ventilate to increase Overseas/Nurse Anesthesia Overseas
the oxygen saturation and your instructor Division, and the AANA is a patron organiza-
What’s Your Story?
If you have an anesthesia service project story of your own, I would love to hear from you! Please email me with
your experiences at: email@example.com. Please include photos and as much or as little detail as you like. Your
story may also be a great addition to our AANA Student Website.
Student Representative to Health Volunteers
Overseas’ Nurse Anesthesia Steering Committee