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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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dle of the night, leaving the patient in pain. The second worst block is the one that lasts too long from the patient's perspec- tive. When they don't have control over the operative limb, they describe the feeling in the arm or leg as "paralyzed" or "dead." Long-acting suspended release blocks or a cock- tail of adjuvants don't pro- vide titratability, which gives patients the feeling of control that they want. CNBs are currently the only titratable, long-dura- tion nerve blocks. In terms of personalized pain medi- cine for surgical patients, there's nothing else like it. From the patient's perspective, it's never good to have a therapy that you can't adjust and can't control. Increased access The most important discussion for administrators and managers in outpatient surgery settings surrounds increasing access to regional anesthesia for every patient who would benefit from it. One way to deliver consistent care is to standardize the procedures offered. 4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • GUIDED BY SOUND Ultrasound guidance helps providers place more effective blocks, which decrease opioid consumption and can help patients ambulate sooner after surgery.

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