Archive February 2013 XIV, No. 2

Take Advantage of Pain Pump Advances

Can these improvements provide better relief?

David Bernard, Senior Associate Editor

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pain pumps TAKE-HOME INSTRUCTIONS Anesthesiologist Nathan Schwartz, MD, explains to a patient how to use a pain pump.

For many providers, continuous local anesthetic infusion pumps, or "pain pumps," have become a staple of post-op pain management, especially for orthopedic cases and especially when they're ambulatory. These devices, however, often seem overshadowed by flashier technology in the surgical suite, even when they're improved to benefit your patients as well as your process. We asked some regional anesthesia experts about pumps' latest perks.

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