Intravenous regional anaesthesia

Alastair J.M. Baird, Colin B. Donald

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Intravenous regional anaesthesia, or Bier's block, is a useful and safe technique for anaesthetizing distal limbs for short surgical procedures. It is most commonly used for reduction of forearm fractures within the emergency department and can be a useful method of providing anaesthesia in patients who may be unsuitable for a general anaesthetic, or when skills or equipment for other forms of regional anaesthesia are unavailable. When performed as recommended it has a proven safety record.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-168
Number of pages3
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number3
Early online date26 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • Bier's
  • distal limb surgery
  • emergency department
  • forearm fracture
  • intravenous regional anaesthesia
  • prilocaine
  • regional anaesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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