Journal Article

Postoperative shoulder surgery initiative (POSSI): an interim report of major shoulder surgery as a day case procedure†

K. Russon, A. M. Sardesai, S. Ridgway, J. Whitear, D. Sildown, S. Boswell, A. Chakrabarti and N. M. Denny

in BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia

Published on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia

Volume 97, issue 6, pages 869-873
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 0007-0912
Published online October 2006 | e-ISSN: 1471-6771 | DOI:
Postoperative shoulder surgery initiative (POSSI): an interim report of major shoulder surgery as a day case procedure†

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Background. There are logistical and financial advantages to undertaking shoulder surgery in a day case setting. However, this approach is limited by postoperative pain being inadequately controlled by oral medication alone. We describe a pilot study investigating the feasibility and acceptance of community based continuous interscalene brachial plexus blockade (CIBPB) to provide effective analgesia for day case shoulder surgery.

Methods. Phase 1 consisted of five patients who received CIBPB for shoulder surgery. Following an overnight hospital stay they were assessed for discharge home with the interscalene catheter in situ. Once the safety and feasibility of the approach was documented, five more patients were recruited to Phase 2. These patients had the adequacy of analgesia assessed in the postoperative period and were discharged home on the same day as surgery. A district nurse visited twice daily and removed the catheter on the third day. Patient satisfaction was assessed using a discovery interview.

Results. Nine of the 10 patients experienced good analgesia. One patient was re-admitted because the catheter fell out. No patient experienced complications and the discovery interviews showed that the patients were satisfied with their management and pleased to be treated as a day case.

Conclusions. POSSI proved that it was feasible to manage these patients in the community with support and training of the district nurses. Although extra community nursing hours are required, this technique has the potential for significant cost benefits with at least three bed days saved per patient.

Keywords: anaesthetic technique, day-case; anaesthetic technique, regional brachial plexus; analgesic technique, infusion; surgery, orthopaedic

Journal Article.  2578 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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