Anesthesia Related Outcomes in Patients Receiving Regional Anesthesia for Shoulder Surgery in a CRNA-Only Practice In the Rural Setting
The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to characterize the complication rate and outcomes among a group of patients receiving regional anesthesia (RA) undergoing shoulder surgery in the rural setting utilizing a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) only model. Demographic information was obtained. Patients were primarily ASA 2 and 3 classifications and were outpatients with a mean age of 52.6 years. The most common preoperative diagnosis was rotator cuff tear. The recorded procedure was most often shoulder arthroscopy. RA was performed on 70 patients (92.1%) with 6 (7.9%) patients receiving no RA. General anesthesia (GA) was administered with RA to 68 (89.5%) patients with the remainder receiving sedation with RA. Pain scores as measured by visual analogue scale (VAS) reflected effective analgesia. The mean VAS score reported on arrival to PACU was 1.27, after one hour 1.69, and 0.38 upon discharge from PACU. Postoperative analgesics were required for 26 (34.2%) patients. The incidence of postoperative nausea or vomiting was 6.6% of patients reporting nausea and 2.6% patients experiencing emesis. The mean anesthesia time was 127.3 minutes with mean operating room time of 121.2 minutes. Mean time in PACU was 134.6 minutes. The descriptive data attained in the analysis demonstrate RA as a safe and effective supplement to GA administered by CRNAs in a rural setting. Future research is needed specific to CRNA-only practice models and rural settings and should include controlled randomized trials to evaluate outcomes in groups consisting of GA, GA+RA, RA + sedation and even RA alone in select populations.
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