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Year of the Nurse - November 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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If you plan on sending patients home with continuous nerve blocks in place, assign a group of nurses to provide a 24/7 phone presence. Someone needs to answer the phone if a patient is having a complication such as infection or bleeding, the pump has failed or if there's kinking, leaking, or clogging. Catheters can also migrate, or a part of them could remain inside the patient if the tubing rips or tears. I also suggest incorporating Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols into the care plan of every procedure you perform, and making blocks part of those protocols. Work with your surgeons' groups to get them onboard with the use of regional anesthesia. Discuss which anesthetics will be given and the best blocks for their par- ticular patient populations. These protocols will be instrumental in increasing your use of nerve blocks because they eliminate having to sell surgeons and patients on the idea — you sim- ply implement the protocols that everyone has agreed to follow. Increasing your facility's use of regional anesthesia will help patients go home quickly, safely and in less pain — that's always a positive first step on their road to recovery. OSM MADE IN GERMANY SonoPlex II/SonoBlock II Cornerstone Refl ectors and NanoLine ® coating increase shaft and tip echogenicity Newly Optimized Hub • Color-coded hub for easy size identifi cation • Fixed injection tubing • Removable stimulation cord (SonoPlex II) The Standard for Ultrasound-Guided Single-Shot Nerve Blocks Nerve Block Catheter Placement as Easy as a Single-Shot E-Cath/E-Cath Plus Catheter over Needle (CON) technique reduces leakage, migration, and kinking Cornerstone Refl ectors increase visibility during placement SonoPlex ® II & E-Cath ® REGIONAL ANESTHESIA'S FAVORITE POWER COUPLE Excellent visibility irrespective of the insertion angle Our Product Power Couple is the perfect solution for all of your Single Shot or Continuous Nerve Blocks, offering great visibility, ease-of-use, and the versatility you need. All PAJUNK All PAJUNK ® products are products are available in available in standard and standard and customizable procedural trays customizable procedural trays REQUEST SAMPLES NOW! info@pajunk-usa.com sonoplex2.com · easycathusa.com Dr. Hernandez (nadia. hernandez@utc.tmc.edu) is an associate professor of anesthesiology, director of regional anesthesia and perioperative ultrasound and regional anesthesia & perioperative ultrasound chair at Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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