Features  |   September 2014
Outpatient Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks
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Ambulatory Anesthesia / Pain Medicine / Regional Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   September 2014
Outpatient Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks
ASA Monitor 09 2014, Vol.78, 24-26.
ASA Monitor 09 2014, Vol.78, 24-26.
Despite the focus on pain as “the fifth vital sign,” some outpatients are still going home with moderate to severe postoperative pain.1  This is especially true for outpatient orthopedic surgery.2  Single-shot peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) can control pain, but they are time-limited by the duration of action of the local anesthetic and adjuvants. Continuous peripheral nerve blocks (CPNBs), however, can prolong pain relief well into the first postoperative day and beyond. This article will focus on the benefits of home CPNB following ambulatory surgery, what to tell naysayers who may be against a CPNB program at your institution and tips for a successful home CPNB service.
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