More Than Just Another Way to Treat Pain

More than 70 million surgeries are performed annually in the United States and general anesthesia (GA) is chosen for nearly 80 percent of cases.16,17 Traditional pain management techniques rely on inhaled volatile gases for surgical anesthesia, and IVPCA or oral opioids for the treatment of post-op pain. Over dependence or combined use of these techniques can cause serious adverse events, including:

  • Untreated pain 18
  • PONV 19
  • Respiratory depression 16
  • Somnolence 20
  • Delirium 21
  • DVT/Hypothermia 18
  • Ileus 22
  • Medication errors 23

Acute pain medicine providers advocate for their patients by using Regional Anesthesia and multimodal techniques to reduce the dependancy on opioids and gas. This can help prevent adverse events before they occur. A proactive approach to pain management for surgery can impact more than just patient satisfaction and safety. It can impact a facility’s bottom line.

  • Lower OR costs and greater OR optimization 4
  • Reduced or eliminated PACU times 24
  • Faster patient discharge 7
  • Fewer unplanned admissions 25
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Cost of PONV Complications:
35% of extended PACU stays are caused by episodes of PONV.
Outpatient Surgery, November 2008


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The Cost Savings Calculator demonstrates the effect Regional Anesthesia can have on patient recovery and a facility’s bottom line. The calculator focuses on the two most common post-op adverse events causing extended PACU stays or delayed discharge: PONV and Pain.56

With this tool, facilities can quantify the cost of avoidable events, calculate the associated profit erosion, and then discover how these hidden costs may be affecting them.

The first step is to identify the significance of these losses within a practice. Then, once documented, share the findings and create a team to focus on containing these costs.

*CPT codes cited are for illustrative purposes only. Providers are responsible for assigning accurate and appropriate CPT codes. B. Braun makes no representation as to the CPT code cited.