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Local Anaesthetics review

Heinrich Rüschen, Kavitha Aravinth, Catey Bunce, Desta Bokre
BACKGROUND: Hyaluronidase has been used over many decades as an adjunct to local anaesthetic solution to improve the speed of onset of eye blocks and to provide better akinesia and analgesia. With the evolution of modern eye surgery techniques, fast onset and akinesia are not essential requirements anymore. The assumption that the addition of hyaluronidase to local anaesthetic injections confers better analgesia for the patient needs to be examined. There has been no recent systematic review to provide evidence that hyaluronidase actually improves analgesia...
March 2, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Christopher Wahal, Amanda Kumar, Srinivas Pyati
Advances in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and introduction of newer long acting local anaesthetics have given clinicians an opportunity to apply novel approaches to block peripheral nerves with ease. Consequently, improvements in outcomes such as quality of analgesia, early rehabilitation and patient satisfaction have been observed. In this article we will review some of the newer regional anaesthetic techniques, long acting local anaesthetics and adjuvants, and discuss evidence for key outcomes such as cancer recurrence and safety with ultrasound guidance...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Mehdi Trifa, Dmitry Tumin, Joseph D Tobias
BACKGROUND: The aim of this review was to evaluate the current evidence regarding the use of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant to local anaesthetic agents (LAA) for caudal blockade anaesthesia and analgesia in children. METHODS: A literature search was performed of the Medline, Embase, and CINAHL databases using the keywords "dexmedetomidine" and "caudal". We included all studies that used caudal dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant to a LAA in children, excluding case reports, reviews, expert opinions, and animal studies...
February 22, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Faiza Khalid, Sofiya Rehman, Rania AbdulRahman, Shikha Gupta
A 76--year--old male cigarette smoker presented with a 2-week history of cough and haemoptysis. Chest CT on admission revealed multiple new lung nodules concerning for malignancy. CT--guided biopsy of the nodule in left lower lobe was attempted in prone oblique position for tissue diagnosis. Local anaesthetic (lidocaine) was administered using a 25--gauge (1.5-inch) needle to anaesthetise the skin and subcutaneous tissue. This was followed by insertion of a 25-gauge (3.5-inch) Whitacre needle to anaesthetise deeper tissues and parietal pleura...
February 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Emma Millar, Arthur Henderson, Angus Waddell
Adrenaline containing lidocaine preparations such as lignospan are routinely used in ear, nose and throat (ENT) care. Despite this, textbooks and internet resources warn against their use in peripheries, including the nose and ear. As a result, they are commonly avoided by other specialties, such as emergency medicine. This article reports on the findings of a review undertaken to assess the evidence of harm associated with using lignospan in the pinna and external nose. A literature search was carried out, and retrospective data were collected on all elective facial skin lesion surgery in the ENT department at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon between 2005 and 2015...
February 9, 2018: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Sanjib Das Adhikary, Ashlee Pruett, Mauricio Forero, Venkatesan Thiruvenkatarajan
Post-operative pain after minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in adults is commonly managed with oral and parenteral opioids and invasive regional techniques such as thoracic epidural blockade. Emerging research has shown that the novel erector spinae plane (ESP) block, can be employed as a simple and safe alternative analgesic technique for acute post-surgical, post-traumatic and chronic neuropathic thoracic pain in adults. We illustrate this by presenting a paediatric case of VATS, in which an ESP block provided better analgesia, due to greater dermatomal coverage, as well as reduced side-effects when compared with a thoracic epidural that had previously been employed on the same patient for a similar procedure on the opposite side...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
T K Allen, B M Mishriky, R Y Klinger, A S Habib
Neuraxial clonidine improves postoperative analgesia in the general surgical population. The efficacy and safety of neuraxial clonidine as a postoperative analgesic adjunct in the Caesarean section population still remains unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to evaluate the effect of perioperative neuraxial clonidine on postoperative analgesia in women having Caesarean section under neuraxial anaesthesia. We included randomized controlled trials comparing the analgesic efficacy of the perioperative administration of neuraxial clonidine alone or in combination with a local anaesthetic and/or opioids in women having elective Caesarean section under neuraxial anaesthesia when compared with placebo...
February 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
P V Aulestia-Viera, M M Braga, M A Borsatti
The acidic nature of commercial local anaesthetics (LAs) can cause pain during infiltration and delay the onset of anaesthesia. It is suggested that adjusting the pH of anaesthetic agents could minimize these effects. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the efficacy of buffered LAs in reducing infiltration pain and onset time in during dental procedures. MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, and Scielo databases were searched up to April 2017. Randomized controlled trials comparing buffered and unbuffered LAs for intraoral injections were included...
January 29, 2018: International Endodontic Journal
D W Hewson, N M Bedforth, J G Hardman
In this article, we will discuss the pathophysiology of peripheral nerve injury in anaesthetic practice, including factors which increase the susceptibility of nerves to damage. We will describe a practical and evidence-based approach to the management of suspected peripheral nerve injury and will go on to discuss major nerve injury patterns relating to intra-operative positioning and to peripheral nerve blockade. We will review the evidence surrounding particular strategies to reduce the incidence of peripheral nerve injury during nerve blockade, including nerve localisation methods, timing of blocks, needle techniques and design, injection pressure-monitoring and local anaesthetic and adjunct choice...
January 2018: Anaesthesia
Tim Cook, Catherine Minns Lowe, Mark Maybury, Jeremy S Lewis
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of corticosteroid injections to local anaesthetic injections in the management of rotator cuff-related shoulder pain (RCRSP). DESIGN: Systematic review with best evidence synthesis. DATA SOURCES: The Cochrane, PubMed, CINAHL Plus, PEDro and EMBASE electronic databases were searched (inception until 8 June 2017). Reference lists of included articles were also hand searched. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Two reviewers independently evaluated eligibility...
January 5, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Anette Hein, David Thalen, Ylva Eriksson, Jan G Jakobsson
Background: One important task of the emergency anaesthesia service is to provide rapid, safe and effective anaesthesia for emergency caesarean sections (ECS). A Decision to Delivery Interval (DDI) <30 minutes for ECS is a quality indicator for this service. The aim of this study was to assess the DDI and the impact of chosen anaesthetic technique (general anaesthesia (GA), spinal anaesthesia (SPA) with opioid supplementation, or "top-up" of labour epidural analgesia (tEDA) with local anaesthesia and fentanyl mixture) and work shift for ECS at Danderyds Hospital, Sweden...
2017: F1000Research
Aoife B Monk, Jayne E Harrison, Helen V Worthington, Annabel Teague
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common side effect of orthodontic treatment. It increases in proportion to the amount of force applied to the teeth, and the type of orthodontic appliance used can affect the intensity of the pain. Pain during orthodontic treatment has been shown to be the most common reason for people wanting to discontinue treatment, and has been ranked as the worst aspect of treatment. Although pharmacological methods of pain relief have been investigated, there remains some uncertainty among orthodontists about which painkillers are most suitable and whether pre-emptive analgesia is beneficial...
November 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Larry E Miller, William R Parrish, Breana Roides, Samir Bhattacharyya
Aim: To determine the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for symptomatic tendinopathy. Design: Systematic review of randomised, injection-controlled trials with meta-analysis. Data sources: Systematic searches of MEDLINE and EMBASE, supplemented by manual searches. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies: Randomised controlled trials with 3 months minimum follow-up that evaluated pain reduction with PRP versus control (saline, local anaesthetic, corticosteroid) injections in patients with symptomatic tendinopathy...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Caio Chaves Guimaraes, Rogério Heládio Lopes Motta, Cristiane de Cássia Bergamaschi, Jimmy de Oliveira Araújo, Natalia Karol de Andrade, Mabel Fernandes Figueiró, Juliana Cama Ramacciato, Luciane Cruz Lopes
INTRODUCTION: The use of vasoconstrictors combined with local anaesthetics (LAs) in dentistry for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still controversial in the scientific literature. It raises concerns regarding the possibility of transient episodes, triggering negative cardiovascular outcomes. METHOD/DESIGN: Trials eligible for our systematic review will enrol patients with CVD who have undergone dental treatments carried out with the use of LAs by comparing two arms: LAs with vasoconstrictors and LAs without vasoconstrictors...
November 22, 2017: BMJ Open
Molly Allen, Mark Campbell Stuart, Hannah Gribble, Richard Budgett, Andrew Pipe
AIM: We report on the results of the 'IOC Needle Policy' applied during the course of the Games of the XXXI Summer Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The policy was intended to empower physicians to ensure appropriate clinical use of needles within team medical environments, enhance the safety of those responsible for housekeeping services and others in the Olympic environment, and permit documentation of such procedures as an adjunct to the doping control programme. Any needle use required the submission of an 'Injection Declaration Form' to IOC medical officials...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
R M Craven
The numbers of people affected by large-scale disasters has increased in recent decades. Disasters produce a huge burden of surgical morbidity at a time when the affected country is least able to respond. For this reason an international disaster response is often required. For many years this disaster response was not coordinated. The response consisted of what was available not what was needed and standards of care varied widely producing a healthcare lottery for the affected population. In recent years the World Health organisation has initiated the Emergency Medical Team programme to coordinate the response to disasters and set minimum standards for responding teams...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Carolyne Pehora, Annabel Me Pearson, Alka Kaushal, Mark W Crawford, Bradley Johnston
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve block (infiltration of local anaesthetic around a nerve) is used for anaesthesia or analgesia. A limitation to its use for postoperative analgesia is that the analgesic effect lasts only a few hours, after which moderate to severe pain at the surgical site may result in the need for alternative analgesic therapy. Several adjuvants have been used to prolong the analgesic duration of peripheral nerve block, including perineural or intravenous dexamethasone. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the comparative efficacy and safety of perineural dexamethasone versus placebo, intravenous dexamethasone versus placebo, and perineural dexamethasone versus intravenous dexamethasone when added to peripheral nerve block for postoperative pain control in people undergoing surgery...
November 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Stefan Lillieborg, Leif Aanderud
The lidocaine-prilocaine cream (EMLA(TM)) effectively reduces the pain from debridement of chronic leg ulcers. Studies have demonstrated that when applied to leg ulcers, plasma concentrations of the local anaesthetics are well below the threshold for CNS toxicity. However, there are minimal pharmacokinetic data available from EMLA application to burn wounds. This study evaluated EMLA cream for debridement of burns with regard to plasma concentrations of lidocaine and prilocaine, and reviewed the published literature on safety and efficacy of lidocaine-prilocaine applied epicutaneously to burns...
2017: International Journal of Burns and Trauma
C Groves, A Whiteman, G Kumar, R Stephens, D Walker
Perioperative medicine is an emerging specialty aimed at improving outcomes in the high-risk surgical population. The authors set out to characterize the demographics and determine the motivation of 'early adopters' of this specialty by retrospectively reviewing the application forms of students enrolled on the UCL Perioperative Medicine Masters Programme. A total of 139 applications were reviewed. The median age of applicants was 35 years; 81% were UK based, with the remainder from a worldwide distribution...
November 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
B Duncan X Lascelles, Kristin Kirkby Shaw
One of the most effective means of preventing the transduction and transmission of acute and perioperative pain is through the use of local anaesthetics. However, local anaesthetics currently available have a relatively short duration of action. Although there are several tools available to treat perioperative pain in companion animals, overall, there is an unmet need for products that can be administered in the clinic, and provide pain relief for the crucial first few days following surgery in the home environment...
November 2016: Veterinary Medicine and Science
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