Outcome Studies and Infection Control in Regional Anesthesia

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Abstract

Regional anesthesia began half a century after ether was first used for general anesthesia. Each branch of anesthesia has waxed and waned in popularity since their introduction, but now, with the advent of evidence-based medicine, true comparisons of outcome following general or regional anesthesia are available. The intraoperative and postoperative benefits along with their mechanisms, where understood, are examined here.

Keywords

Regional anesthesia Outcomes Infection control Postoperative pain Surgical stress Blood loss Chronic pain Enhanced recovery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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