Faculty Advisor(s)

Cheryl Nimmo

Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 2019


© 2019 Leanne M. Jobin


With the advancement of technology over the past few decades, laparoscopic surgery has significantly increased in popularity among many surgical subspecialties including: general surgery, gynecology, and urology. Many procedures that traditionally required open access with large incisions have been replaced with laparoscopic approaches as it offers many advantages such as, faster recovery, less postoperative pain, and shorter hospital stays. Despite its many advantages, it creates numerous anesthesia challenges and considerations when caring for patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures. Among these challenges, are carbon dioxide embolisms. This manuscript involves research and previous case studies that were conducted on carbon dioxide embolisms during laparoscopic surgery. The purpose of this manuscript is to have a solid foundation of research in order to evaluate an event of a suspected carbon dioxide embolism during a laparoscopic, hand-assisted nephrectomy.


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