Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The issue examined 1·11 tl11· s paper 1· s aorti·c va1 v e dysfuncti·o n m· the pregnant pati·e nt, including anesthetic considerations during preinduction, induction, and postoperative phases. The examination of anesthetic considerations in pregnant patients with aortic valve dysfunction is important, because the anesthetist needs to: (a) be aware of the incidence of aortic dysfunction, (b) be knowledgeable regarding the pathophysiology involved in aortic dysfunction to assist in prompt and accurate treatment, (c) develop an appropriate anesthesia plan for the operating room, (d) be knowledgeable concerning the degree of dysfunction and use this knowledge in the assessment of the patient, and (e) be knowledgeable of common clinical implications of ao1iic dysfunction in pregnant patients. This paper presents materials related to the role of the nurse anesthetist in these five areas and concludes with recommendations for nursing research, policy, education, and practice. After a thorough discussion of the issues associated with aortic valve dysfunction and pregnancy, a quick reference tool will be provided to aid the anesthetist practicing in a high risk obstetrical area in determining appropriate anesthetic care for this patient population