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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2019

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J U L Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 I t was early on during the launch of our facility's orthopedic program when we recognized the importance of relying on regional anesthesia to ensure patients go home sooner, recov- er more effectively and experience less pain and nausea. About a decade ago, a group of our surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses and physical therapists collaborated on how to best manage the pain of orthopedic patients. We created a nurse-led team that makes sure nerve blocks are administered consistently, safely and efficiently. The block program has been a boon. Surgeons prescribe fewer opi- Clover Kemp, MS, BSN, BS, RN, CNOR, and Cindie Wade, BSN, RN, CNOR | Washington, D.C. Secrets of Our Nerve Block Success Tapping into regional anesthesia's potential sends patients home sooner, in less pain and more satisfied with their care. • ROLE MODELS Block nurses skilled in ultrasound guidance, pain management and sedation administration improve the over- all efficiency of a regional anesthesia program. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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