Improving Performance by Monitoring the Success Rate of Peripheral Nerve Blocks

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Abstract

In our hospital, we introduced a system to measure the collective and individual efficacy of brachial plexus and popliteal nerve blocks with the objective to create transparency as an instrument for monitoring and improvement. Initially, individual results were anonymous, but after 1 year anonymity was lifted within the team of anesthesiologists and results are now discussed quarterly. Collective performance of interscalene, supraclavicular, and popliteal blocks improved significantly over time. Sharing and discussing collective and individual performance has resulted in critical self-appraisal and increased willingness to learn from each other and strengthened the team’s ambition for further improvement.

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