Intra-op Beta Blockers Lower Post-op Opioid Use, Nausea and
Although typically used to promote hemodynamic stability, beta blockers may have another purpose, according to a team of Montreal researchers: reducing postoperative pain. Their systematic review concluded that continuous beta-blocker infusions during surgery can decrease postoperative opioid consumption, the incidence of nausea and PACU length of stay, all with few side effects.

“We know that postoperative pain is an important factor in determining patients’ overall quality of recovery, as well as satisfaction,” said Stephen S. Yang, MD, a resident at McGill University Health Centre, in Montreal. “Controlling postoperative pain decreases overall length of stay in the hospital and hospital costs as well....