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Meeting Highlights from American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) 2017

Meeting Information

April 6-8, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The meeting included new advances in point of care ultrasound (PoCUS), patient-controlled analgesia, studies of optimal nerve blocks, how to reduce the need for postoperative opioids, and more.

From this Meeting:

A patient on chronic opioid therapy, who stopped therapy 4 months before surgery, experienced severe postoperative hyperalgesia. Learn how the anesthesiology team handled his care.
Local infiltration of liposomal bupivacaine may be an effective treatment for postoperative pain relieve in patients undergoing total knee replacement, but further research is needed to determine how high serum concentrations reach.
Study compares 3 different nerve blocks to determine which produces the best pain control with the least side effects in patients recovery from rotator cuff surgery.
Transversus abdominus plane block was successfully used to diagnosis and treat a nerve entrapment causing abdominal wall pain in a 73-year-old women.
Pregnant women suffering from low back pain may benefit from ultrasound-guided injection. New case report describes it effectiveness.
For experienced patients, intrathecal patient-controlled analgesia may provide superior pain control than IV analgesia following surgery.
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