Outcome after regional anaesthesia in the ambulatory setting--is it really worth it?


Journal Article (Review)

Regional anaesthesia provides a continuum of perioperative care that includes perioperative pain management, decreased opioid requirements and decreased post-operative nausea and vomiting. In addition to these benefits, a wide variety of perioperative outcomes can be enhanced by utilizing regional anaesthesia in the ambulatory setting. Regional anaesthesia has been shown to improve the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, coagulative, immunological and cognitive functions and to be of benefit in an economic context. These improvements are particularly advantageous in caring for elderly and high-risk patient populations undergoing surgery. In addition, regional anaesthesia can facilitate early recovery with excellent post-operative analgesia and few side-effects, which may decrease overall operative costs. This chapter identifies important perioperative outcomes that may be positively influenced by the use of regional anaesthesia in the ambulatory setting.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nielsen, KC; Steele, SM

Published Date

  • June 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 157

PubMed ID

  • 12491549

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12491549

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1521-6896

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/bean.2002.0244


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands