"X" Marks the Spot: Finding a Fit for a Regional Block Program in Your PACU

Mon. September 17| 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM |

After this session you’ll be able to:

  1. Designate the various roles in implementing a regional block program, including reasons for having a regional block pilot.
  2. Identify metrics used to determine the success of your regional block program.
  3. Understand communication tools for process improvement.

Why this is important:

Regional blocks are now considered best practice for many surgical procedures and have become an effective way to reduce the use of post-operative opioids as well as decrease the length of hospital stays. That being said, determining the right place for these blocks to be performed and how to maintain patient privacy has been a challenge within the existing space. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s main OR, the number of regional blocks placed pre-operatively is growing. Learn how Betty Sue Minton and Dr. Patrick Henson used multimodal pain management to reduce post-operative patients’ need for opioid-based medications. Take home lessons learned to develop or re-assess your own regional block program so that it is patient-centered and eliminates time-consuming steps.


Track: PACU Manager Summit, PACU Manager Summit - Indirect Credit

Registration Type: All Access Pass, PACU Manager Summit Only


Betty Sue Minton, MSN, RN

Betty Sue Minton, MSN, RN

Patient Care Manager, Holding room/PACU

Vanderbilt Medical Center

Role: Speaker

Christopher (Patrick) Henson, DO

Christopher (Patrick) Henson, DO

Assistant Professor, Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Role: Speaker