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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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Having ultrasound guidance available and the latest technologies in anesthetic delivery systems should make it easier to establish consis- tent techniques for regional anesthesia and help your practitioners learn and perform effective continuous nerve blocks. You should work with your anesthesia team to standardize a blocks package and work with them to ensure they're administered the same way to each patient. For regional anesthesia to no longer be considered a novelty, it has to be cemented as a core competency for all anesthesia practitioners. We have decades of research proving regional's effectiveness, so there's no reason every practitioner can't be as well-trained in placing nerve blocks as they are in airway management. We need to start pushing for the widespread use of regional anesthe- sia, so more patients have access to it. Creating a deliberate strategy of standardizing a small number of versatile, high-value nerve blocks is what will transform regional anesthesia from a niche subspecialty delivered by and for a few into a mainstream practice performed and received by many. OSM F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 3 Dr. Mariano (emariano@stanford.edu) is professor of anesthesiology and peri- operative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the anesthesiology and perioperative care service at VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California.

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