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Continuous peripheral nerve blocks in the ambulatory setting: an update of the published evidence.

  • Author(s): Machi, Anthony T
  • Ilfeld, Brian M
  • et al.

To review the evidence recently published involving the use of continuous peripheral nerve blocks (cPNBs) in the ambulatory setting.New evidence exists involving the risks and benefits of cPNB in ambulatory patient populations such as pediatric ambulatory and postmastectomy patients. In addition, new related equipment is now available to facilitate ambulatory cPNB.Recent advancements in equipment for cPNB facilitate the usage in the ambulatory setting. Research-supported ambulatory cPNB indications have expanded to include pediatric subpopulations and major breast surgery, while further evidence mounts for its efficacy in patient populations with previously demonstrated benefits, such as foot, ankle and shoulder surgery.

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