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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - September 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Patients are told they might feel heaviness in the chest on the same side as the block and are therefore encouraged to cough and breathe deeply to help remove secretions. They're warned that facial or eye drooping might be seen or felt on the same side as the block, and that they might experience decreased sensation and movement of the shoulder, arm or hands. • Axillary and infraclavicular blocks for wrist, hand and elbow pro- cedures. Patients are told they might have decreased movement and sensitivity in the extremities. • Femoral, adductor canal or popliteal blocks for knee, foot and ankle procedures. Nurses inform patients that they could experience decreased feeling in lower parts of the legs and are warned to not place weight on the extremities until consulting with their surgeon. 'Whatever it takes' All patients are at risk of experiencing higher than acceptable post-op pain. Overprescribing opioids is a quick and easy way to ensure they remain comfortable and satisfied with the care they receive, but send- ing them home with too many pills increases the risk of abuse and addiction. That's why educating patients about the effectiveness of alternative therapies is so essential, according to Ms. Rowe, who says you shouldn't overlook basic recovery protocols such as rest, ice and ele- vation. "We have custom ice packs designed for placing around hips, knees and wrists that patients really love," says Ms. Rowe. "We also send them home with an extra pack, so they always have one in the freezer, ready to go." That attention to detail shows how focused the team at Lakeside Surgery Center is on ensuring patients recover from surgery in as little pain as possible. "We tell patients to trust our opioid-sparring treat- 5 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9

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