Continuous peripheral nerve blocks in the ambulatory setting: An update of the published evidence

Anthony T. Machi, Brian M. Ilfeld

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Purpose of review To review the evidence recently published involving the use of continuous peripheral nerve blocks (cPNBs) in the ambulatory setting. Recent findings New evidence exists involving the risks and benefits of cPNB in ambulatory patient populations such as pediatric ambulatory and postmastectomy patients. In addition, new related equipment is now available to facilitate ambulatory cPNB. Summary Recent advancements in equipment for cPNB facilitate the usage in the ambulatory setting. Researchsupported ambulatory cPNB indications have expanded to include pediatric subpopulations and major breast surgery, while further evidence mounts for its efficacy in patient populations with previously demonstrated benefits, such as foot, ankle and shoulder surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-655
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Ambulatory continuous peripheral nerve block
  • Ambulatory perineural local anesthetic infusion
  • Ambulatory postoperative analgesia
  • Home perineural infusion
  • Perineural catheters
  • Portable infusion pumps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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