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Postoperative pain is a major limiting factor of outpatient surgery, which is making the use of peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) increasingly common. As use of PNBs becomes increasingly popular in outpatient surgery facilities, the complexity of nursing responsibilities for these patients has increased, writes Imelda Wright, BSN, RN, CNOR, unit educator and clinical informatics nurse in the Outpatient Surgery Center at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, KY.

Peripheral nerve blocks boost responsibilities