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Archive October 2010 XI, No. 10

The Financial Impact of Nerve Blocks

In our 2nd annual survey, readers describe how regional anesthesia affects their facilities' bottom lines.

Kent Steinriede, Associate Editor


The clinical benefits of regional anesthesia — better pain control, lower PONV rates, faster recoveries — are well-documented. But did you know that nerve blocks can also be good for your bottom line? By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, respondents to an Outpatient Surgery survey said nerve blocks reduce the cost of each case. Only 18% said regional anesthesia raises costs. To understand the financial benefits of nerve blocks, you must reconcile the cost of supplies and the time it takes to start a block against the savings in time, post-op complications and medications the technique affords.

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