United kingdom: Recent advances in the safety and prevention of regional anesthesia complications

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    Key Points

    The National Institute of Academic Anesthesia’s Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) was formed in 2011 and coordinates national audit, quality improvement and research activity investigating the influence of perioperative care, anesthesia, and critical care on patient morbidity and safety. The National Patient Safety Alerting System alerts health personnel of drug- or device-related risks.

    Complications that are the focus of UK regional anesthesia include inadvertent intravenous injection of local anesthetic, wrong site blocks, efficacy and side effects of central neuraxial blocks, and regional anesthesia for hip fracture surgery.

    In 2014, the HSRC conducted a national survey of 260 UK hospitals in order to provide a national benchmark for patient satisfaction and patient-reported awareness after anesthesia against which hospitals could measure their own performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComplications of Regional Anesthesia
    Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples of Safe Practice in Local and Regional Anesthesia
    EditorsBrendan T. Finucane, Ban C. H. Tsui
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319493862
    ISBN (Print)9783319493848
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


    • Anesthesia
    • Regional
    • Morbidity
    • Local anesthetic
    • Audit
    • Quality improvement
    • Epidural
    • Thoracic


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