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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 8 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 | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 T hey're difficult to place and even harder to get paid for, so why does my anesthesia group place so many continuous nerve blocks? We've sent close to 5,000 patients home with pain catheters in the last 4 years for 1 simple reason: Our surgeons and patients love them. Pain catheters push painful procedures that once required hospital stays to the outpatient arena and get patients through the critical first 48 hours surgery with little to no pain medicine. They're not without their challenges, howev- er. Here are 5 pieces of advice on overcoming the obstacles. P O S T - O P P A I N Are Continuous Nerve Blocks Worth the Trouble? VISUAL CUES An anesthesiologist places an ultrasound-guided con- tinuous interscalene block. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN The benefits of pain catheters outweigh the drawbacks. Vincent P. Kasper Jr., MD | Philadelphia, Pa.

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