Archive Anesthesia 2019

4 Secrets of Our Nerve Block Success

Tapping into regional anesthesia's potential sends patients home sooner, in less pain and more satisfied with their care.

Cindie Wade

Cindie Wade, BSN, RN, CNOR

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Clover Kemp

Clover Kemp, MS, BSN, BS, RN, CNOR

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ROLE MODELS
Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
ROLE MODELS Block nurses skilled in ultrasound guidance, pain management and sedation administration improve the overall efficiency of a regional anesthesia program.

It was early on during the launch of our facility's orthopedic program when we recognized the importance of relying on regional anesthesia to ensure patients go home sooner, recover more effectively and experience less pain and nausea.

About a decade ago, a group of our surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses and physical therapists collaborated on how to best manage the pain of orthopedic patients. We created a nurse-led team that makes sure nerve blocks are administered consistently, safely and efficiently.

The block program has been a boon. Surgeons prescribe fewer opioids to manage post-op pain and patients who have had previous surgeries without regional anesthesia are often astounded at the difference a nerve block makes. The number of patients who request blocks and the number of blocks we place have increased each year, and we're now looking to expand their use beyond orthopedic patients to general abdominal, gynecological and breast surgeries. We've learned that a multimodal pain management plan will improve orthopedic outcomes and increase patient satisfaction if it's built on these 5 pillars of nerve block success.

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