Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by our nation’s opioid crisis.
Overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This makes regional anesthesia and chronic pain management more valuable than ever. That is why Columbus Community Hospital has expanded the services of our anesthesia department.
Our certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) perform more than a dozen different nerve blocks and also utilize Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and opioid-free anesthesia. As a result, CCH patients are having less postoperative pain and nausea, which results in earlier discharge.
On top of that, CCH’s anesthesia staff plays a large role in patients’ preadmission process through the SURGE Center. As part of this program, CRNAs work with joint-replacement patients before surgery to discuss anesthetic options and determine if they need further tests. The goal of this assessment is to create a better rapport with patients and their families. It also helps lessen patient anxiety about potential procedures.
Columbus Community Hospital hopes these changes, along with the hard work of our talented staff members, will improve quality of care and produce better outcomes for our patients. You can learn more about these changes in our CCH Reduces Opioid Use whitepaper.
Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th St.
Columbus, Nebraska 68602-1800