Managing a nerve block and pain pump at home (1062)

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Your child is going home with a pain pump. The pump delivers medicine called Ropivacaine. This medicine blocks the nerve that senses the pain in the surgical area. The medicine is sometimes called a nerve block.

ALERT: Call 911 if your child has a seizure.

What do I need to know about the pain pump?

The pain pump delivers medicine all of the time in small amounts. While the pump is in use:

Who should I call if I have any questions or concerns?

There may be some weakness, numbness, or tingling in the area affected by the nerve block. Call your child’s provider if symptoms are bothering your child or interfering with activity.

- Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Dial 414-907-7709. Enter your phone number and then hang up. A nurse practitioner will call you back.

- After 4:30 p.m., weekends and holidays: Call the Pain and Headache Center at 414- 266-2775, choose option 2. You will reach the operator. Ask to have the doctor on call for the Pain and Headache Center paged. One of the doctors will call you back.

Call us immediately if your child has any of these symptoms:

What do I need to do at home?

How do I remove the nerve block catheter?

The provider (either pain service nurse practitioner or anesthesia doctor) will call you the day the catheter is to be removed. They may stay on the phone while you remove the catheter. Follow these instructions:

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and water.
  2. Gently pull off the dressing and any tape used to hold the catheter in place. Start at any corner and pull toward the catheter. Do not cut the catheter!
  3. Firmly grasp the catheter at the skin level. Pull gently away from your child’s body. Tell us if it is hard to pull it out.
  4. Look for a blue or black marking, or metal at the tip of the catheter. Tell us if there is no marking or metal tip.
  5. Use a band aid to cover the site. No ointment or antiseptic at the site is needed.
  6. Throw away the pump and catheter in your household trash.
  7. Wash your hands well with soap and water.

We may call you again the day after you remove the catheter. Call the pain service or the doctor at any time if you notice redness, warmth, pain, more drainage or swelling where the catheter was in place.


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ALERT: Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.

This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.