CAPA

CAPA® Question of the Week

Each Wednesday at 6am ET, ABPANC will post a CPAN® and a CAPA® study question. Use these questions to test your knowledge, display in your unit and discuss with your colleagues. The answer, along with the next week’s question, will be posted the following Wednesday at 6am.

For each question, we will post the reference from ABPANC’s Study References List, as well as the domain and content area information from the Test Blueprint. For more questions and answers, you can purchase up to 4 Practice Exams.

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This Week's Question

October 27, 2021

A healthy patient inquires about NPO guidelines prior to surgery. Based on ASA guidelines, the perianesthesia nurse will reply:

  1. no solids for 6 hours and allow clear liquids 2 hours before surgery.
  2. no solids past midnight and allow clear liquids up to 4 hours before surgery.
  3. no solids for 4 hours and allow clear liquids up to 1 hour before surgery.
  4. no solids for 8 hours and allow clear liquids up to 3 hours before surgery.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: E. Provide patient/family/significant other education and evaluate understanding related to the perianesthesia/ procedural experience.

Question of the Week

October 13, 2021

A patient in Phase II recovery is complaining of nausea. Initially, the perianesthesia nurse instructs the patient to:

  1. inhale and exhale quickly.
  2. take deep breaths.
  3. turn the head to the side.
  4. utilize Reiki or imagery.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: E. Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the gastrointestinal system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

September 29, 2021

While being discharged, a patient who has had carpal tunnel release under an axillary block reports that the extremity is still numb. The nursing priority is to:

  1. provide a sling or protection for the numb extremity.
  2. delay the discharge until sensation returns.
  3. remove the dressing and observe for compartment syndrome.
  4. alert the surgeon immediately due to neurovascular compromise.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: D. Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the musculoskeletal system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

September 15, 2021

Effective postoperative education is achieved when the nurse:

  1. provides written instructions to the patient.
  2. completes the preoperative teaching plan.
  3. listens to a return verbalization.
  4. observes family participation.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 3. D. Metadata: Knowledge : 29 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 902

Question of the Week

September 1, 2021

The ASPAN established guidelines for an ambulatory surgery patient receiving moderate sedation require:

  1. a registered nurse providing continuous monitoring.
  2. the presence of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
  3. continuous end tidal CO2 monitoring.
  4. continuous O2 administration.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 3. A. Metadata: Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations, and Interpretive Statements, p. 66

Question of the Week

August 18, 2021

A 68-year-old diabetic patient is scheduled for ankle arthroscopy. The plan is for a popliteal block monitored anesthesia care (MAC) The perianesthesia nurse knows that regional blocks may be considered for diabetic patients because they cause fewer:

  1. psychological disturbances.
  2. risks of infection.
  3. metabolic disturbances.
  4. risks of nerve injury.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 2. E. Metadata: Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 2

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): 513

Question of the Week

August 4, 2021

During a follow-up phone call for inguinal hernia repair, the patient states has significant scrotal edema. The perianesthesia nurse informs the patient:

  1. this is a normal post-operative expectation.
  2. to monitor temperature twice a day.
  3. to contact the physician immediately.
  4. soaking in a warm tub is beneficial.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 2. E. Metadata: Knowledge : 25 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 2

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 602-603

Question of the Week

July 21, 2021

Which of the following is an inappropriate discharge instruction for the postoperative cervical cone biopsy patient?

  1. Expect light vaginal bleeding.
  2. Menstrual-type cramping is normal.
  3. Low backache is normal.
  4. Resume sexual intercourse when desired.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 2. A. Metadata: Population Served : 12 / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 658

Question of the Week

July 7, 2021

Flumazenil is contraindicated in patients known to be physically dependent on:

  1. beta blockers.
  2. benzodiazepines.
  3. calcium channel blockers.
  4. corticosteroids.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. M. Metadata: Knowledge : 20 / Population Served : 04 / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 268

Question of the Week

June 23, 2021

The drug of choice for reversing narcotic-induced respiratory depression is:

  1. naloxone.
  2. physostigmine.
  3. flumazenil.
  4. succinylcholine.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. L. Metadata: Knowledge : 18 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 266

Question of the Week

June 9, 2021

The perianesthesia administers flumazenil to reverse the:

  1. agitation effects of ketamine.
  2. sedation effects of benzodiazepine.
  3. respiratory depressant effects of opioids.
  4. hypotensive effects of benzodiazepine.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. L. Metadata: Knowledge : 20 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 277

Question of the Week

May 26, 2021

The purpose of Foley catheter traction following prostatectomy is to:

  1. limit the risk of catheter dislodgment.
  2. encourage prostatic fossa hemostasis.
  3. avoid clot buildup in the catheter.
  4. maintain penile position.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. F. Metadata: Knowledge : 22 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 607

Question of the Week

May 12, 2021

Following a diagnostic laparotomy, a patient who received O2, propofol, succinylcholine, and isoflurane complains of severe muscle pain in the neck and shoulders. The probable cause of the myalgia is:

  1. paralytic reversal.
  2. intraoperative positioning.
  3. muscle fasciculations.
  4. positive-pressure ventilation.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. D. Metadata: Knowledge : 25 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 2

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 305

Question of the Week

April 28, 2021

The dressing of a patient who has undergone an otologic procedure is found to be wet with a colorless fluid. The fluid may be:

  1. cerebrospinal fluid.
  2. plasma.
  3. vitreous fluid.
  4. lymphatic fluid.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. C. Metadata: Knowledge : 5 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 458

Question of the Week

April 14, 2021

The postoperative assessment of a patient who has undergone endoscopic sinus surgery includes:

  1. speech pattern.
  2. visual acuity.
  3. balance.
  4. hearing.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. C. Metadata: Knowledge : 23 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 459

Question of the Week

March 31, 2021

A side effect of an anticholinesterase drug is:

  1. decreased secretions.
  2. bronchodilatation.
  3. bradycardia.
  4. decreased GI peristalsis.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. B. Metadata: Knowledge : 17 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 278

Question of the Week

March 17, 2021

During pregnancy, the cardiac output increases by:

  1. 10% – 20%
  2. 30% – 50%
  3. 60% – 70%
  4. 80% – 90%

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. B. Metadata: Knowledge : 7 / Population Served : 04 / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 618

Question of the Week

March 3, 2021

Oxygen saturation is a reflection of the patient’s true oxygen status in relation to:

  1. arterial blood gases.
  2. hemoglobin level.
  3. respiratory rate.
  4. temperature.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. A. Metadata: Knowledge : 19 / Population Served : 1 Pediatric / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 340 Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 173

Question of the Week

February 17, 2021

A pediatric patient who received general anesthesia is unresponsive on admission to the PACU, is extubated and an oral airway is placed. Upon awakening, the patient expels the airway and begins thrashing, but does not vocalize. Assessment reveals: SpO2 = 88% and falling, and breath sounds absent on auscultation. The priority nursing action is to:

  1. insert a nasopharyngeal airway.
  2. administer humidified O2.
  3. initiate positive-pressure ventilation.
  4. initiate oropharyngeal suctioning.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. A. Metadata: Knowledge : 9 / Population Served : 1 Pediatric / Cognitive Level : 2

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 720

Question of the Week

February 3, 2021

A patient is most likely to experience a sickle cell crisis following:

  1. minimal blood loss.
  2. exposure to inhalation agents.
  3. depressed respiratory function.
  4. administration of muscle relaxants.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. A. Metadata: Knowledge : 8 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 2

Reference: Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 698

Question of the Week

January 20, 2021

In a patient who has a normal oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve, hypoxemia is usually indicated when the percentage of arterial O2 saturation falls below:

  1. 90%
  2. 93%
  3. 95%
  4. 97%

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. A. Metadata: Population Served : 1 Pediatric / Cognitive Level : 1

Reference: 11C Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2018 Page(s): p 173

Question of the Week

January 6, 2021

A patient’s ABG results are: pH- 7.32, pCO2- 50, pO2- 80, HCO 3− 24. These findings indicate:

  1. metabolic alkalosis.
  2. respiratory acidosis.
  3. metabolic acidosis.
  4. respiratory alkalosis.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Content Area: 1. A. Metadata: Knowledge : 6 / Population Served : 2 Adult / Cognitive Level : 2

Reference: 7B Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum Page(s): p 234

Question of the Week

December 23, 2020

The perianesthesia nurse should question the accuracy of the SpO2 measurement when caring for a patient with which of the underlying condition?

  1. Cushing's disease.
  2. hypothyroidism.
  3. Raynaud's disease.
  4. hyperthyroidism.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Domain: 1 Content Area/Task: B.

Reference: Core 753

Question of the Week

December 9, 2020

A patient who is 8 months pregnant, is admitted for an emergency repair of a lacerated Achilles tendon. During the assessment, which of the following positions should this patient be placed?

  1. Right lateral
  2. Left lateral side
  3. Supine
  4. Trendelenburg

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Domain: 1 Content Area/Task: M.

Reference: Drain 750

Question of the Week

November 25, 2020

Flumazenil inhibits the central nervous system effects of benzodiazepines by:

  1. competing for the receptor sites.
  2. stimulating the cerebral cortex.
  3. occupying the mu receptor sites.
  4. metabolizing the medications.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Domain: 1 Content Area/Task: L.

Reference: Reference: Core 268

Question of the Week

November 11, 2020

When preparing a patient for a brachial plexus nerve block for an upper extremity surgery, the perianesthesia nurse is aware that the safest and easiest approach is:

  1. subclavicular.
  2. supraclavicular.
  3. interscalene.
  4. axillary.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Domain: 1 Content Area/Task: C.

Reference: Reference: Drain 342

Question of the Week

October 28, 2020

Which of the following anesthetic gases is less likely to induce coughing and laryngospasm?

  1. Isoflurane
  2. Nitrous oxide
  3. Enflurane
  4. Halothane

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Domain: 1 Content Area/Task: L.

Reference: Reference: Core pg 271

Question of the Week

October 14, 2020

A patient calls the preoperative center asking whether to continue taking his daily dose of clonidine. The perianesthesia nurse is aware that clonidine should be:

  1. taken only if the surgeon deems it necessary
  2. stopped at least 3 days preoperatively
  3. stopped at least 5 days preoperatively
  4. taken daily as prescribed

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain:

Content Area: Domain: 2 Content Area/Task: E.

Reference: Reference: Nagelhout pg 169

Question of the Week

September 30, 2020

A preoperative patient asks what the facility is doing to prevent postoperative surgical site infections. The perianesthesia nurse is aware that according to the surgical care improvement project (SCIP), preop antibiotics should be administered:

  1. within 60 minutes of incision time.
  2. prior to induction.
  3. prior to leaving the holding area.
  4. upon arrival to the facility.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Domain: 3 Content Area/Task: A

Reference: Reference: Drain pg. 53

Question of the Week

September 16, 2020

When educating the patient on what to expect during the administration of spinal anesthesia, the perianesthesia nurse understands that the progression of blockage occurs in the following order:

  1. sensory, motor, autonomic
  2. motor, sensory, autonomic
  3. autonomic, sensory, motor
  4. motor, autonomic, sensory

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs

Content Area: Provide patient/family/significant other education and evaluate understanding related to the perianesthesia/ procedural experience.

Reference:

Question of the Week

September 2, 2020

During a follow-up phone call for a patient that has had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the perianesthesia nurse finds that the patient is experiencing severe shoulder pain despite taking analgesics. The nurse should instruct the patient:

  1. that this is normal following laparoscopic procedures.
  2. to apply ice packs to abdomen.
  3. maintain upright position to relieve pain.
  4. to notify the surgeon regarding this problem.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Perform post‐discharge assessment.

Reference:

Question of the Week

August 19, 2020

Care for a patient who receives a skin graft to the forearm includes:

  1. maintain dependent position of the extremity.
  2. changing the bandages if necessary.
  3. elevation of the affected extremity.
  4. ROM exercises for the affected extremity.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: G. Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the integumentary system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

August 5, 2020

The perianesthesia nurse learns that the patient takes MAO inhibitor routinely. This information is documented because of the potential lethal interaction with:

  1. meperidine.
  2. midazolam.
  3. succinylcholine.
  4. morphine.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: L. Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the fluid and electrolyte levels.

Reference:

Question of the Week

July 22, 2020

Prochlorperazine acts to treat postoperative nausea by affecting the:

  1. process of gastric emptying.
  2. chemoreceptor trigger zone.
  3. production of gastric acid.
  4. vestibular pathways.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the gastrointestinal system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

July 8, 2020

In a 3-year-old patient, postintubation croup is least likely to develop when the patient has:

  1. remained in a supine position for a 1-hour procedure.
  2. been in a supine position for 15 minutes, then in a lateral position for 45 minutes.
  3. coughed actively and strained prior to extubation.
  4. required two attempts prior to successful intubation.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the respiratory system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

June 24, 2020

Following a hernia repair, a 3-month-old is admitted to the PACU positioned on his side with a pacifier in his mouth. The airway becomes obstructed by the tongue. The obstruction can be alleviated by:

  1. removing the pacifier.
  2. pinching the cheeks.
  3. turning him on his back.
  4. hyperextending the jaw.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the respiratory system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

June 10, 2020

The perianesthesia nurse should question the accuracy of the SpO2 measurement when caring for a patient with which of the underlying condition?

  1. Cushing's disease.
  2. hypothyroidism.
  3. Raynaud's disease.
  4. hyperthyroidism.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems.

Reference:

Question of the Week

May 27, 2020

A patient 7 months pregnant is admitted for repair of a lacerated Achilles tendon. During assessment, contractions of her abdomen are noted. Which of the following positions should this patient be placed?

  1. Right lateral tilt position
  2. Left lateral tilt position
  3. Supine
  4. Trendelenburg

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote maintenance of normothermia.

Reference:

Question of the Week

May 13, 2020

When preparing a patient for a brachial plexus nerve block for upper extremity surgery, the perianesthesia nurse is aware that the safest and easiest approach is:

  1. subclavicular.
  2. supraclavicular.
  3. interscalene.
  4. axillary.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the neurological system.

Reference:

Question of the Week

April 29, 2020

To decrease nausea, the perianesthesia nurse instructs the patient to:

  1. take deep breaths.
  2. take several quick breaths.
  3. turn their head to the side.
  4. utilize Reiki or imagery.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote maintenance of normothermia.

Reference:

Question of the Week

April 15, 2020

The perianesthesia nurse would expect a patient with COPD to have received which of the following anesthetic agents?

  1. Isoflurane
  2. Nitrous oxide
  3. Enflurane
  4. Halothane

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate in order to promote stability of the fluid and electrolyte levels.

Reference:

Question of the Week

April 1, 2020

In a preoperative visit, information to be collected by the perianesthesia nurse includes:

  1. type of surgery to be performed, previous surgical history and verification of payment source.
  2. cardiac status, vaccination status, respiratory status, and location of patient's family postoperatively.
  3. surgical procedure, whether the patient has signed the consent form, and type of anesthesia to be used.
  4. preexisting diseases, laboratory values, neurological status, current medications, and allergies.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs

Content Area: Provide patient/family/significant other education and evaluate understanding related to the perianesthesia/ procedural experience.

Reference:

Question of the Week

March 18, 2020

A patient calls the preoperative center asking whether to continue taking his daily dose of clonidine. The perianesthesia nurse is aware that clonidine should be:

  1. taken only if the surgeon deems it necessary.
  2. stopped at least 3 days preoperatively.
  3. stopped at least 5 days preoperatively.
  4. taken daily as prescribed.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs

Content Area: Provide patient/family/significant other education and evaluate understanding related to the perianesthesia/ procedural experience.

Reference:

Question of the Week

March 4, 2020

Six hours postoperatively, a patient has not voided and his bladder is palpably distended. The patient refuses catheterization. If the nurse catheterizes the patient against his wishes, this is considered:

  1. tort.
  2. assault.
  3. malpractice.
  4. battery.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Deliver, document, and communicate care based on accepted national standards of perianesthesia nursing practice and applicable laws, guidelines, and regulations.

Reference:

Question of the Week

February 19, 2020

A preoperative patient is admitted to the holding area prior to joint surgery. The patient asks what the facility is doing to prevent postoperative surgical site infections. The perianesthesia nurse is aware that according to the surgical care improvement project (SCIP), preop antibiotics should be administered:

  1. within 60 minutes of incision time.
  2. prior to induction.
  3. prior to leaving the holding area.
  4. upon arrival to the facility.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Deliver, document, and communicate care based on accepted national standards of perianesthesia nursing practice and applicable laws, guidelines, and regulations.

Reference:

Question of the Week

February 05, 2020

The perianesthesia nurse is aware that a dramatic decrease in the serum calcium level may be caused by removal of the:

  1. parathyroid glands.
  2. pineal gland.
  3. adrenal glands.
  4. pituitary gland.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the endocrine system

Reference:

Question of the Week

January 22, 2020

The perianesthesia nurse recognizes that upon a patient’s arrival to the PACU, a side effect of ketamine anesthesia is:

  1. decreased muscle tone.
  2. hypotension.
  3. marked salivation.
  4. nausea and vomiting.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Physiological comfort (including, but not limited to, relief from pain, shivering, nausea, vomiting, temperature control and appropriate positioning.

Reference: ASPAN. Schick, L. and Windle, P., (Editors) Third Edition. Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum – Preoperative, Phase I and Phase II PACU Nursing. WB Saunders, St. Louis, MO., 2015. Pp 216, 364-366.

Question of the Week

January 08, 2020

By asking a tympanoplasty patient to wrinkle the forehead, pucker lips, smile, and squeeze eyelids together, the PACU nurse is assessing the function of cranial nerve:

  1. V.
  2. VII.
  3. IX.
  4. XII.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of neurological system

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

December 25, 2019

The Faces Pain Rating Scale measurement tool is most appropriate for:

  1. a 2-year-old toddler.
  2. an 8-year-old child.
  3. a 15 year-old child.
  4. an infant.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Develop and implement effective multidisciplinary perianesthesia plan of care that addresses pain management

Reference: Hockenberry, M., & Wilson, D. (2015). Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children (10th ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

December 11, 2019

A patient receives an intraoperative prophylactic dose of droperidol. The PACU nurse is aware that this drug has a potentiating action when administered:

  1. with narcotics and barbiturates.
  2. with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  3. to a patient with increased ICP.
  4. to a hypertensive patient.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the hematologic and immune systems

Reference: Drain, C. and Odom-Forren, J. (2018). Drain’s PeriAnesthesia Nursing: A critical care approach (7th ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

November 27, 2019

The perianesthesia nurse should utilize which of the following screening tools to identify patients at risk for obstructive sleep apnea?

  1. STOP-Bang Questionnaire
  2. Aldrete Scoring Tool
  3. Ramsey Sedation Scale
  4. Pasero Opioid Induced Sedation Scale

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Deliver, document and communicate care based on accepted national standards of perianesthesia nursing practice and applicable laws, guidelines, and regulations

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

November 13, 2019

The perianesthesia nurse receives a call inquiring about a patient who is in surgery. The perianesthesia nurse's initial action is to:

  1. transfer the call to the O.R. desk.
  2. advise to call back later.
  3. provide the information.
  4. inform the family of the call.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs

Content Area: Provide and maintain patient privacy and confidentiality

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

October 30, 2019

During a preoperative telephone interview, a 52-year-old patient states that he has been hospitalized twice in the past year for management of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. The ASA status of this patient is:

  1. Class I.
  2. Class II.
  3. Class III.
  4. Class IV.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the Respiratory system

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

October 16, 2019

During a preoperative interview a patient admits to being allergic to avocados. The nurse is aware that this patient may be at risk for an allergic reaction to:

  1. propofol.
  2. midazolam.
  3. latex.
  4. gluten.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Protect the patient from harm and take preventive measures related to adverse environmental influences (including, but not limited to, latex and/or equipment failure

Reference: Drain, C. and Odom-Forren, J. (2018). Drain’s PeriAnesthesia Nursing: A critical care approach (7th ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

October 02, 2019

Patient information about what to expect following a spinal anesthetic includes:

  1. remaining flat for 12 hours afterwards.
  2. anticipating a headache as a common complication.
  3. a loss of sensation of temperature in the legs.
  4. pain control for 12 hours.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs

Content Area: Provide patient/family/significant other education

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

September 18, 2019

Preoperative instructions for oral fluid restriction for patients with no risk factors include NPO for clear liquids prior to surgery because emptying occurs within:

  1. 30 minutes.
  2. 1 hour.
  3. 90 minutes.
  4. 2 hours.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the gastrointestinal system

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

September 04, 2019

According to ACLS guidelines, the dosage of drugs administered via the endotracheal tube route is:

  1. half the normal IV dose.
  2. one time the normal IV dose.
  3. two times the normal IV dose.
  4. three times the normal IV dose.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the fluid and electrolyte levels

Reference: American Heart Association. (2016). Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual. AMA.

Question of the Week

August 21, 2019

Which of the following places the patient at the highest risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV)?

  1. Type of surgery.
  2. Smoking status.
  3. Duration of surgery.
  4. Female gender.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Safety Needs

Content Area: Deliver, document, and communicate care based on accepted national standards of perianesthesia nursing practice and applicable laws, guidelines, and regulations

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

August 07, 2019

Anxious parents are at the bedside of a toddler who is crying, kicking, and thrashing following bilateral myringotomy with insertion of tympanostomy. The perianesthesia nurse informs the parents that this behavior is:

  1. the emergence excitement phase after anesthesia.
  2. a temper tantrum often seen in toddlers.
  3. associated with the surgical procedure.
  4. uncommon in children of this age.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs

Content Area: Provide psychosocial support to patient/family/significant other

Reference: Drain, C. and Odom-Forren, J. (2018). Drain’s PeriAnesthesia Nursing: A critical care approach (7th ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

July 24, 2019

Which of the following is an indicator of readiness for extubation in a post anesthesia patient weighing 60 kg?

  1. Respiratory rate of 30 breaths per minute
  2. Tidal volume of 300 ml and a vital capacity of 900 ml
  3. Ability to open eyes and move extremities on command
  4. Ability to sustain a head lift for 3 seconds

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the Respiratory system

Reference: Schick, L., & Windle, P. (2015). ASPAN Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum: Preprocedure, phase I and phase II, PACU nursing (3rd ed.). Elsevier.

Question of the Week

July 10, 2019

The perianesthesia nurse is aware that a dramatic decrease in the serum calcium level may be caused by removal of the:

  1. parathyroid glands.
  2. pineal gland.
  3. adrenal glands.
  4. pituitary gland.

CPAN/CAPA Test Blueprint

Domain: Physiological Needs

Content Area: Stability of the endocrine system

Reference: Odom-Forren, J. Drain’s PeriAnesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach. 6th Ed. Elsevier Saunders, 2013. Pg 579.

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