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Anesthesia - Supplement to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - July 2016

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4 0 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E J U LY 2 0 1 6 C ontinuous nerve blocks can help patients comfortably recover at home from even the most painful procedures with few or no opi- oids — and their undesirable side effects. Despite this appeal, many facilities shy away from placing CNBs, thinking they're too difficult, too risky or too inefficient to perform routinely. Nearly 70% of the 128 respondents to an Outpatient Surgery Magazine reader survey say their anesthesia providers "rarely" or "never" use continuous catheters with peripheral nerve blocks. Good news if you'd like your providers to place more continuous catheters. Here are 3 technological breakthroughs that may make blocks more efficient and safer to place. 1. Enhanced ultrasound imaging Though ultrasound guidance hasn't been shown in studies to improve block- Supercharge Your Continuous Nerve Block Program These 3 technological advances could make continuous catheters easier to place. Kendal Gapinski | Associate Editor • BETTER BLOCKS Many providers who place continuous catheters say that ultrasound guidance helps improve their efficiency. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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