Moran CNRA, PhD Student Tatjana Bevans Receives Award for Research on New Form of Anesthesia Delivery

May 07, 2012 1:00 AM

Tatjana Bevans

Tatjana Bevans, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and PhD student, has been named by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation as a 2014 AANA Foundation Doctoral Fellow for her project titled “Bioavailability and therapeutically controllable effect site concentrations of ester-based anesthetic agents via inhalation.”

In Bevans’ words, “What I have been working on recently is taking an ultra-short acting opioid, remifentanil, and delivering it via inhalation. This means that certain patients can receive this medication without the placement of an IV. This is especially advantageous for pediatric patients and patients undergoing very short procedures where an IV is unnecessary. Potentially this drug could be used during IV starts, dressing changes, or eye injections as well, as these are very short, but sometimes painful procedures.  We are looking to streamline the way anesthesia is delivered.  By only using very short acting medications, we want to ensure that patients wake up very quickly, and are wide awake to go home.”

Working at Moran with Derek Sakata, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Bio-engineering, Bevans hopes to continue on to clinical trials in the future.  “Tatjana’s work is proving to be a great collaboration between pharmacology/toxicology, anesthesiology, and industry,” says Sakata.  “Her research may hold promise for both increased safety and comfort for many of our patients.”

With the prestige of this award comes a cash award of $10,000 and the opportunity to present at the AANA 2014 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress in Orlando, Florida in September 2014.