College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 11-24-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Pamela Schwartz, DNP, CRNA

Second Advisor

Julia Feczko, DNP, CRNA


Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drains are invasive interventional devices implemented for patients suffering from neurosurgical and complex aortic conditions. CSF drain management can be an infrequent task for anesthesia providers. Infrequent exposure can lead to inadvertent mismanagement leaving the patient vulnerable to increased morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to develop a reference tool for basic intraoperative management of lumbar CSF drains and determine if CRNA and SRNA knowledge was improved with its use. This study utilized a pre-test/post-test design. The pre-test revealed significant knowledge gaps in content crucial for safe drain manipulation and management. Improvement in post-test mean scores after the introduction of the reference tool were noted when compared to pre-test mean scores for questions 2 through 10. This study revealed a statistically significant (p-value

SLP Collection


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Nursing Commons