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Manager's Guide to Ambulatory Anesthesia - July 2014

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6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U LY 2 0 1 4 P ain is known as the 5 th vital sign, but unlike heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature, you can't measure pain — unless you count the Wong-Baker Faces Pain Rating Scale, its happy-to-sad faces going from smiling (0, no hurt) to frown- ing and teary (10, hurts worst). You can, however, prevent and manage the highly How Do You Control Post-Op Pain? No two anesthesia providers manage the 5 th vital sign in the same way. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief NO COOKBOOK ANSWERS Pain control is highly variable. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN P O S T - O P E R A T I V E P A I N subjective symptom of surgery before, during and after the proce- dure. How you do so is highly vari- able, depending not only on the type of procedure, the patient and the surgeon, but also on the anesthesia provider's training, his philosophy and his success rates with different interventions. All of this makes pain management an unpredictable science. Ask 10 anesthesia providers for their No. 1 strategy for preventing post-opera- tive pain, and you're likely to get 10 different answers. Whereas some Contiplex ® Echo Designed Speci+cally for Ultrasound–Guided CPNB NEW! To Learn more, visit: bbraunusa.com or contact your B. Braun Sales Representative. Rx Only. © 2014 B. Braun Medical Inc. Bethlehem, PA. All rights reserved. 14-4355_OPS_6/14_BB Your Choice – Contiplex Echo is the only echogenic PNB catheter oVered in both open-tip and closed-tip, multiport con+gurations with no exposed metal coils. Echogenicity in Mind – Sets include the styleted Contiplex Echo catheter with echogenic Flat-coil Technology and the stimulating, echogenic Contiplex Tuohy Ultra. porcine model SS_1407_Layout 1 7/1/14 2:22 PM Page 6

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