UNE Master's of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program requires all senior students to engage in research. Over the course of two semesters, these students develop individual research projects resulting in manuscripts and posters. Each student chooses their own topic, conducts research, and presents to the class and faculty the results of the project. Individual posters are displayed here.
Research poster comparing two local anesthetics, bupivacaine and Exparel (liposomal bupivacaine). The use of these drugs in various regional techniques, specifically for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and abdominal surgeries, is discussed. Research shows that adequate pain control is associated with increased patient satisfaction, faster rehabilitation, mobilization, reduced hospital stays, and ultimately decreased hospital costs. Due to the many disadvantages of opioids, such as ileus, nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, tolerance, and physical dependence, there has been a push for opioid-sparing and multimodal analgesia perioperatively.