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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2017

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1 8 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 7 P ost-op pain doesn't disap- pear at dis- charge, so why should your efforts to lessen it stop then? Combining continuous nerve blocks with ambulatory pumps to infuse surgical sites with pain-relieving agents extends the analgesic efforts of your anesthesia providers and lets you perform more complex pro- cedures in the outpatient set- ting. We asked a couple regional anesthesia experts for insights on implementing and managing a continuous nerve block program that sends patients home with long-lasting relief from post- op discomfort. Here's their best advice. • SEEING IS BELIEVING Ultrasound guidance lets providers view the location of the needle in relation to targeted nerves, so they have a better idea of where the local anesthesia will spread. Seasoned pros share their secrets for managing post-op pain long after patients leave your facility. Kendal Gapinski Contributing Editor 5 Tips for Continuous Nerve Block Success Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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