ON-Q Center of Excellence Introduced; Simplifies Pain Management

By CIOReview | Monday, November 24, 2014

MADISON, TN: The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) and Halyard Health, a medical technology company that provides innovative healthcare solutions announces an alliance to launch a peer-to-peer Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Center of Excellence housed within a school. The new Center, now open on MTSA's Madison, Tenn., campus, will be dedicated to the education of nurse anesthetists in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) with Halyard Health's ON-Q Pain Relief System -- used primarily to treat acute pain.

"MTSA has built a strong program and has allied with Halyard Health as a respected partner because it is time for CRNAs to become more proactive concerning their patients' acute pain management," says MTSA Program Administrator Chris Hulin, CRNA, MBA, DNP. "Properly managing patient pain before, during and after surgery is vital to patient satisfaction, yet not enough CRNAs are practicing UGRA, which enhances patient care."

With Halyard Health's ON-Q non-narcotic portable Pain Relief System, the local anesthetics pain relieving methods that physicians use during surgery will be made available for use after surgery, both at the hospital and at home. MTSA's Center of Excellence will train CRNA's how to use this technology that allows local anesthetic to be delivered right to where a patient's pain is, reducing the chance of the side effects commonly associated with narcotics.

At MTSA, CRNAs are trained to safely administer anesthesia in a variety of medical settings including operating rooms, obstetrical units and pain clinics. Ultrasound technology is one of the most recent techniques CRNAs use to administer regional anesthesia to prevent pain.

"Ultrasound technology allows us to see patients' nerves, inject pain medications around the nerves and ultimately prevent the nerves from triggering the feeling of pain to the brain," states MTSA Director of Collaborative Learning Patrick Moss, CRNA, MS, APN.

"When it comes to acute pain management, patients deserve the most advanced evidence-based therapies available," continues Moss. "MTSA specializes in equipping today's CRNAs with these techniques."

Hulin also explains that MTSA is in the process of building an Acute Pain Management Post-graduate Fellowship that will offer CRNAs a chance to meticulously and didactically prepare with the support of expert clinical mentorship.