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Patient Care in Stereotactic Radiosurgery

  • Terri F. Biggins

Abstract

The intention of this chapter is to provide basic guidelines surrounding the patient process in relation to stereotactic radiosurgery, with the goal of providing a seamless and pleasant experience for the patient and staff. Although the role of the registered nurse (RN) is highlighted, additional disciplines may gain insight into the patient perspective. Expectantly, valuable information will be gained not only for those opening a new center but for the established site as well. Various methods of stereotactic radiosurgery have been developed over the past several years, but essentially the mechanics are similar. This author’s experience is with the Leksell Gamma Knife, and therefore this will be the equipment referenced in this chapter.

Keywords

Trigeminal Neuralgia Gamma Knife Registered Nurse Stereotactic Radiosurgery Conscious Sedation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terri F. Biggins
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  1. 1.Gamma Knife CenterUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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