If you’ve ever had a continuous nerve block during or after surgery, you probably know that they can be a good way to manage certain types of pain.
Nerve blocks work by dosing targeted nerve bundles with medicine to block those nerves’ ability to carry pain signals from specific parts of the body.
Doctors used to have to take multiple steps while conducting continuous nerve block procedures, but that has now changed. Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH) announced today that it has created a product that allows anesthesiologists to do continuous nerve blocks in just one step.
The company says the new product, called ON-Q QuickBloc, allows doctors to do the procedure faster, and that the product may reduce leakage at the insertion site for the patient.
“The ON-Q QuikBloc system can help clinicians improve the reliability of catheter placement for continuous nerve block procedures, and may save time by reducing the number of steps,” said Roger Massengale, general manager, acute pain, Halyard Health.
“In today’s changing healthcare environment, this is becoming more important for clinicians, as they are pressured to provide more efficient and less costly care, while still delivering better outcomes,” he added.
Nerve blocks are most commonly used for surgical anesthesia, as well as, both postoperative and nonsurgical pain relief. The benefits are the avoidance of side effects and complications of general anesthesia, while also providing provide pain relief with minimal opioids.
Nerve blocks play an important role in managing acute pain. Inadequate treatment of acute pain may lead to delayed recovery from surgery and contribute to the development of persistent post-surgical pain, which in turn may negatively impact patients’ quality of life.