Practical aspects of ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia

Pavan Kumar B C Raju, Calum R K Grant

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    Abstract

    Ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia is increasingly popular, offering the user a number of advantages over alternative methods of nerve localization (neurostimulation or paraesthesia). These include a more accurate understanding of individual patient anatomy, identification of needle tip position and the ability to assess local anaesthetic spread in relation to a target nerve. An understanding of the basic principles and commonly used terminologies of ultrasound scanning is a fundamental requirement when using this technology. The aim of this article is to outline these basic principles and explain the practical aspects of performing nerve blocks, using ultrasound, in order to achieve quick, safe and effective block performance with minimal procedural discomfort for the patient.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-174
    Number of pages4
    JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    Early online date23 Feb 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

    Keywords

    • Anaesthesia
    • blocks
    • needles
    • nerve
    • regional
    • ultrasound

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