General Considerations for Regional Anesthesia Practice
Setting up a regional anesthesia service requires a reliable and consistent product as well as a sound business plan. Technological advances in nerve stimulation, ultrasound guidance, and perineural catheters have led to rapid growth in the number and types of peripheral nerve block procedures available to regional anesthesia practitioners. Starting a new regional anesthesia program potentially adds monetary value to a facility’s perioperative services by improving the quality of postoperative analgesia and recovery from surgery, thereby reducing perioperative costs and offering a competitive advantage over other surgical facilities. From the patient’s perspective, a regional anesthesia program provides nonmonetary value by preventing pain and reducing the risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery. The goal of this chapter is to provide initial guidance to the anesthesiologist interested in starting a new regional anesthesiology and acute pain program.
KeywordsOrganization of a regional service Cost savings Staff training Billing CPT codes Block room Regional anesthesia follow-up
The authors wish to thank Edward R. Mariano and Karley J. Mariano for their significant contribution to the prior edition.
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