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Continuous interscalene brachial plexus blockade is associated with reduced length of stay after shoulder arthroplasty

Continuous interscalene brachial plexus blockade is associated with reduced length of stay after shoulder arthroplasty

Catheter-delivered continuous interscalene anesthesia has demonstrated improved pain control in randomized clinical trials. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the introduction of continuous catheter anesthesia was associated with a change in length of stay (LOS), readmission, rates of discharge home without home health or nursing services, or opioid administration. We hypothesized that the introduction of continuous catheter anesthesia would be associated with a decrease in LOS, readmission, non-home discharge, and opioid administration.

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