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Ambulatory change:

The adaptability of RELAX

The adaptability of RELAX

The government launched the ambulatory shift project in 2013. This project aims to promote alternatives to full overnight care for patients. Indeed, this project aims to make massive savings. An overnight stay in a hospital is actually very expensive. Moreover, general anaesthesia, in addition to causing headaches and nausea, forces patients to sleep in the hospital. Therefore, converting an operation to ALR instead of GA allows for a reduction in costs. First, we will observe the benefits of the ambulatory shift. In order to look at the integration of RELAX into this shift.

NB: ALR: Loco-regional anesthesia / GA: General anesthesia

The objectives of the ambulatory shift.

The primary objective of the ambulatory shift is to save money. So be it. However, it is important not to neglect the fact that the (non-monetary) benefits are mainly for the patients. Indeed, as previously mentioned, patients will be able to go home shortly after the operation thanks to an ALR. They can be reunited with their families without having to spend a night in the hospital, which is rarely pleasant. In addition, GA frequently causes side effects such as headaches or nausea. Switching to an alternative medicine that allows the operation to be converted to LRA allows the patient to avoid these undesirable side effects. Also, it is known that with GA, falling asleep in anxiety will lead to an unpleasant awakening. Escaping this awakening is therefore desirable for all patients.

How does RELAX fit into this picture?

Thus, you will have understood, the ambulatory shift tends to make savings, especially through alternative methods. Among these methods, RELAX has its place. Indeed, by considerably reducing stress and apprehension, RELAX allows the massive reduction of comfort drugs. This reduction allows health care centers to make significant savings. Moreover, RELAX allows to reduce stress and thus to transform operations requiring GA into ALR. Given the cost of a day in surgery, it would be interesting to observe the massive savings brought by this device