Regional anesthesia has many benefits, for both patients and doctors. It allows surgeons to perform more complex procedures while prescribing patients fewer postoperative narcotics, and is less likely to cause nausea and other side effects in patients, yet many medical centers have trouble incorporating local anesthesia (also known as “nerve blocks”) into their procedures.
What are the best ways to make local anesthesia a regular part of your office’s routine, and start providing more tailored care to patients?
Train Staff in the Use of Regional Anesthesia
The more staff members at a medical center know how to properly administer regional anesthesia, the more regional anesthesia can be incorporated into that medical center’s treatment plans. In addition to hiring new staff who are trained in the latest regional anesthesia methods, existing staff can attend workshops or take online learning courses to make regional anesthesia a part of their medical repertoire.
Educate Patients About the Benefits
When patients understand the procedures they are going to undergo – and the process of preparing them for those procedures – they are more comfortable being in a doctor’s care, and the more they can help to make their care go smoothly.
Since nerve blocks take additional time to work, and because they may not be what most patients are expecting, surgeons should let patients know if their surgery will involve regional anesthesia, why it’s being used, and how the extra time will benefit them. That way, patients will be fully prepared for the procedure and more likely to show up in time to keep to their schedule.
Schedule Nerve Blocks Before Patients Enter the OR
Another way to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete nerve blocks is to schedule local anesthesia administration for before patients ever enter the operating room. Instead, local anesthesia can be administered in a pre-operation area, where nurses will have enough time to complete the procedure without operating rooms being occupied unnecessarily.
As an added benefit, this will also expose the patient to fewer people in the O.R., decreasing the likelihood of a postoperative infection.
Have Nurses Assist Surgeons with Local Anesthesia
Staff members who have been trained in the use of local anesthesia should assist surgeons to make sure the procedure goes smoothly, and to help educate the patients and answer questions should they come up.
Use Ultrasound to Improve Precision and Safety
Every patient’s anatomy is different, which means that there’s always a chance that local anesthesia can be administered to the wrong place or won’t work as effectively on some patients. One of the best ways to overcome this issue is to use ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Using ultrasound not only increases accuracy, but also makes the procedure more efficient and helps improve patient safety, reducing the chance of muscle weakness.
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