Peripheral Nerve Block Beneficial in Arthroplasty

Health Day/Physician's Briefing—April 8, 2016

Health Day/Physician's Briefing covers a study recently released by Stavros G. Memtsoudis, MD, PhD, an anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, that indicates the use of peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) for patients undergoing hip or knee arthroplasty lowers likelihood of complications and reduces resource utilization.

According to the article, "Use of PNB correlated with significantly lower odds for most complications after adjustment for relevant covariates. Comparing those with versus those without PNBs, the strongest effects were seen for wound complications and cardiac complications in hip and knee arthroplasty patients, respectively (odds ratios, 0.54 and 0.72, respectively)."

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