An Expedited Care Pathway With Ambulatory Brachial Plexus Analgesia Is a Cost-effective Alternative to Standard Inpatient Care After Complex Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery

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(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 123:1256–1266, 2015)

The current standard practice for complex arthroscopic elbow surgery is inpatient admission for 72 hours with intensive physiotherapy via continuous passive motion, 24 hours a day for 3 days, and continuous brachial plexus analgesia for pain. The authors of the current study tested an expedited care pathway, with only 24 hours of hospital admission and ambulatory brachial plexus analgesia and continuous passive motion performed at home.

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