Regional anesthesia for trauma

Sripad Rao, Megan Gatlin, Ralf E Gebhard

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General considerations Peripheral nerve blocks are frequently utilized for elective surgical procedures in ambulatory or inpatient settings. While the benefits of nerve block anesthesia are well described in the anesthesia and orthopedic literature, fewer investigations describe the performance of peripheral nerve blockade in the trauma population. However, based upon the experience of the United States Armed Forces, and on recent reports of the successful use of nerve blocks in major earthquake victims, it appears that regional anesthesia techniques can not only be successfully utilized in trauma, but may be the preferred anesthetic choice in austere environments. Regional anesthesia: concerns in the trauma patient Obtaining informed consent Due to the nature of the physician-trauma patient encounter, obtaining informed consent may be challenging. Since peripheral nerve blocks offer substantial benefits for the patient and may even result in better surgical outcomes (e.g., continuous sympathetic blockade to prevent vasospasm after digital reattachment), alternative paths to obtaining consent may be indicated. If patients are not able to provide consent, one of the following options may prove feasible: • Obtain consent from proxy or family member. • Consider a two-physician consent in emergency cases, should benefits of regional blockade be expected to be substantial. • Postpone peripheral nerve block procedure until consent can be obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssentials of Trauma Anesthesia
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages95-115
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781139061339, 9781107602564
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Conduction Anesthesia
Nerve Block
Peripheral Nerves
Wounds and Injuries
Informed Consent
Anesthesia
Elective Surgical Procedures
Physicians
Earthquakes
Proxy
Orthopedics
Anesthetics
Inpatients
Emergencies
Population

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Rao, S., Gatlin, M., & Gebhard, R. E. (2012). Regional anesthesia for trauma. In Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia (pp. 95-115). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139061339.009

Regional anesthesia for trauma. / Rao, Sripad; Gatlin, Megan; Gebhard, Ralf E.

Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia. Cambridge University Press, 2012. p. 95-115.

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Rao, S, Gatlin, M & Gebhard, RE 2012, Regional anesthesia for trauma. in Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia. Cambridge University Press, pp. 95-115. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139061339.009
Rao S, Gatlin M, Gebhard RE. Regional anesthesia for trauma. In Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia. Cambridge University Press. 2012. p. 95-115 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139061339.009
Rao, Sripad ; Gatlin, Megan ; Gebhard, Ralf E. / Regional anesthesia for trauma. Essentials of Trauma Anesthesia. Cambridge University Press, 2012. pp. 95-115
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