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FOAA Anesthesia Services

March 28, 2013 10:00 ET

Regional Anesthesia Technique Shows Benefit to Patients, Hospitals & Orthopedic Surgeons: FOAA

Increased Patient and Surgeon Satisfaction, Procedures and Reduction in Length of Stay Highlighted

FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2013) -  FOAA Anesthesia Services (FOAA), a leading provider of anesthesia practice management services, has released a case study outlining the benefits of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks and continuous nerve block catheters for joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries. Less than a year following the launch of a regional anesthesia service, a medium sized community hospital located near Washington, DC was designated a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for joint replacement. Over a two year period, the hospital's total joint program has experienced a 74 percent increase in case volume, a 23 percent decrease in average length of stay and a 33 percent decrease in the mean length-of-stay for total joint patients.

Regional anesthesia is a technique whereby only a particular region of the body is anesthetized through the use of local anesthetics. The benefits may include decreased administration of narcotics, reduced postoperative pain and nausea, and less derangement of normal physiology than experienced with general anesthesia.

"Surgeons now specifically bring their patients to the hospital to receive a block or nerve block catheter from the FOAA Anesthesia regional anesthesia team," says Sonia Szlyk, M.D., director of the FOAA regional anesthesia service. "Last year we provided more than 1,400 single injection nerve blocks for more than 35 surgeons and over 375 continuous nerve block catheters for total joint replacements and other procedures. There has been remarkable patient and surgeon satisfaction associated with the service, as well as improved preoperative and OR efficiency, including reduced OR times."

"Select nerve block patients can bypass the phase 1 post anesthesia care unit (PACU) completely. On average, PACU stay is shortened, and pain, nausea, respiratory depression and confusion are reduced," says Vincent J. Vilasi, M.D., president of FOAA Anesthesia Services. "Additional benefits to this approach include decreased hospital readmissions for postoperative pain management and decreased intensity of care required in the PACU. These techniques allow us to free up valuable floor and PACU beds and create a strategic advantage for the facility we serve."

To access the case study and to learn more about FOAA Anesthesia Services, call (703) 293-9590 or visit

About FOAA Anesthesia Services
For over twenty years, FOAA Anesthesia Services has been providing award-winning anesthesia practice management and anesthesia services for patients, surgeons, physicians and healthcare facilities. FOAA cares for over 120,000 patients a year at multiple sites including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, endoscopy centers and medical and dental office-based practices. FOAA Anesthesia Services offers a full range of anesthesia and pain management services and is dedicated to providing high quality care, outstanding customer service and a work environment of choice. For further information call (703) 293-9590 or visit

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