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Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia

Ki Jinn Chin, Javier E Cubillos, Husni Alakkad
BACKGROUND: Regional anaesthesia comprising axillary block of the brachial plexus is a common anaesthetic technique for distal upper limb surgery. This is an update of a review first published in 2006 and previously updated in 2011 and 2013. OBJECTIVES: To compare the relative effects (benefits and harms) of three injection techniques (single, double and multiple) of axillary block of the brachial plexus for distal upper extremity surgery. We considered these effects primarily in terms of anaesthetic effectiveness; the complication rate (neurological and vascular); and pain and discomfort caused by performance of the block...
September 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Arslane Alilet, Pascal Petit, Benedicte Devaux, Corinne Joly, Emmanuel Samain, Sebastien Pili-Floury, Guillaume Besch
INTRODUCTION: The value of ultrasound guidance for intermediate cervical blocks in patients undergoing carotid artery endarterectomy is poorly described. This study aimed at comparing the efficacy of ultrasound-guided intermediate cervical block to superficial cervical block for carotid artery endarterectomies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a single-centre randomized-controlled study in a French University Hospital, from April 2011 to March 2012. The anaesthesia technique was randomly allocated to patients scheduled for carotid artery endarterectomy under regional anaesthesia (ropivacaine 4...
July 29, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Thomas F Bendtsen, Stephen Haskins, Jens Aage Kølsen Petersen, Jens Børglum
It has been suggested for many years that regional anaesthesia is advantageous in high-risk patients, either as the sole anaesthetic or in combination with general anaesthesia. Regional techniques are safe and even more so when guided by ultrasound. In the high-risk patient population, ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia (UGRA) can help decrease risk of perioperative morbidity and improve short-term as well as long-term outcomes, particularly in the orthopaedic, vascular, oncologic and chronic pain patient populations...
June 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
A K Gupta, J R Morton
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August 2016: Anaesthesia
M A Corvetto, J Carmona, M I Vásquez, C Salgueiro, J Crostón, R Sosa, V Folle, F R Altermatt
OBJECTIVE: A survey was conducted in order to obtain a profile of the practice of regional anesthesia in South America, and determine the limitations of its use. METHODS: After institutional ethics committee approval, a link to an online questionnaire was sent by e-mail to anaesthesiologists in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Uruguay. The questionnaire was processed anonymously. RESULTS: A total of 1,260 completed questionnaires were received...
July 1, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
N A Duce, L Gillett, J Descallar, M T Tran, S C M Siu, A Chuan
BACKGROUND: The knowledge on the type and influence of visuospatial ability on sonography performance relevant for ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia remains incomplete. The aim of this study was to determine whether four different factors of visuospatial ability are important in determining proficiency and procedure time of novices performing brachial plexus sonography. These factors were spatial visualisation, flexibility of closure, spatial relations and speed of closure. METHODS: Thirty-three ultrasound novices were recruited in this prospective, observational trial...
September 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Juan A Juanes, Pablo Alonso, Felipe Hernández, Pablo Ruisoto, Clemente Muriel
INTRODUCTION: Regions considered optimal for performing peripheral nerve blocking have been well documented. However identify and perform regional anesthesia in those regions from ultrasound images remains a challenge. AIM: This study aims to develop a virtual environment for the simulation of ultrasound exploration of the neck nerves and both the upper and lower limbs for regional anesthesia. METHOD: Cross-sectional images were obtained from Magnetic Resonance Imaging for puncture regions involved in ultrasound-guided nerve block...
July 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
S Munirama, R Eisma, M Columb, G A Corner, G A McLeod
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the physical properties and functional alignment of the soft-embalmed Thiel cadaver as follows: by assessing tissue visibility; by measuring its acoustic, mechanical and elastic properties; by evaluating its durability in response to repeated injection; and by aligning images with humans. METHODS: In four soft-embalmed Thiel cadavers, we conducted three independent studies. We assessed the following factors: (i) soft tissue visibility in a single cadaver for 28 weeks after embalming; (ii) the displacement of tissues in response to 1 and 5 ml interscalene and femoral nerve blocks in a single cadaver; and (iii) the stiffness of nerves and perineural tissue in two cadavers...
May 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
A Chuan, S Thillainathan, P L Graham, B Jolly, D M Wong, N Smith, M J Barrington
The Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) form is used as a workplace-based assessment tool in the current Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists curriculum. The objective of this study was to evaluate the reliability of DOPS when used to score trainees performing ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia. Reliability of an assessment tool is defined as the reproducibility of scores given by different assessors viewing the same trainee. Forty-nine anaesthetists were recruited to score two scripted videos of trainees performing a popliteal sciatic nerve block and an axillary brachial plexus block...
March 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Y Kuang, A Hilgers, M Sadiq, S Cochran, G Corner, Z Huang
Clear needle visualisation is recognised as an unmet need for ultrasound guided percutaneous needle procedures including regional anaesthesia and tissue biopsy. With inadequate needle visibility, these procedures may result in serious complications or a failed operation. This paper reports analysis of the modal behaviour of a previously proposed ultrasound-actuated needle configuration, which may overcome this problem by improving needle visibility in colour Doppler imaging. It uses a piezoelectric transducer to actuate longitudinal resonant modes in needles (outer diameter 0...
July 2016: Ultrasonics
S Heschl, B Hallmann, T Zilke, G Gemes, M Schoerghuber, M Auer-Grumbach, F Quehenberger, P Lirk, Q Hogan, M Rigaud
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve stimulation is commonly used for nerve localization in regional anaesthesia, but recommended stimulation currents of 0.3-0.5 mA do not reliably produce motor activity in the absence of intraneural needle placement. As this may be particularly true in patients with diabetic neuropathy, we examined the stimulation threshold in patients with and without diabetes. METHODS: Preoperative evaluation included a neurological exam and electroneurography...
April 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
A Chuan, Y C Lim, H Aneja, N A Duce, R Appleyard, K Forrest, C F Royse
The aim of this prospective, blinded, randomised controlled study was to compare novices' acquisition of the technical skills of ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia using either a meat phantom model or fresh-frozen human cadavers. The primary outcome was the time taken to successfully perform an ultrasound-guided sciatic nerve block on a cadaver; secondary outcomes were the cumulative score of errors, and best image quality of the sciatic nerve achieved. After training, the median (IQR [range]) time taken to perform the block was 311(164-390 [68-600]) s in the meat model trained group and 210 (174-354 [85-600]) s in the fresh-frozen cadaver trained group (p = 0...
August 2016: Anaesthesia
Nomaqhawe Moyo, Farai D Madzimbamuto, Samson Shumbairerwa
BACKGROUND: The current gold standard treatment for acute postoperative pain after major abdominal surgery is multimodal analgesia using patient controlled analgesia delivery systems. Patient controlled analgesia systems are expensive and their routine use in very low income countries is not practical. The use of ultrasound in anaesthesia has made some regional anaesthesia blocks technically easy and safe to perform. This study aimed to determine whether adding an ultrasound guided transversus abdominis plane block as an adjunct to the current parenteral opioid based regimen would result in superior pain relief after a trans abdominal hysterectomy compared to using parenteral opioids alone...
2016: BMC Research Notes
P Diéguez, P Casas, S López, M Fajardo
The breast surgery has undergone changes in recent years, encouraging new initiatives for the anaesthetic management of these patients in order to achieve maximum quality and rapid recovery. The fundamental tool that has allowed a significant improvement in the progress of regional anaesthesia for breast disease has been ultrasound, boosting the description and introduction into clinical practice of interfascial chest wall blocks, although the reference standard is still the paravertebral block. It is very likely that these blocks will change the protocols in the coming years...
March 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Uday Ambi, Pvv Bhanupriya, Shivanand Y Hulkund, D S Prakashappa
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ultrasound (US)-guided regional blocks are becoming increasingly popular as its use increases success rate, shortens block onset time and reduces complications. Currently, there exist two methods to perform US-guided axillary brachial plexus block (US-ABPB), the perivascular (PV) and the perineural (PN) techniques. We compared the two techniques to study the block characteristics and other variables using levobupivacaine. METHODS: In this prospective, randomised trial, 60 patients were randomly allocated to receive a PV (n = 30) or PN (n = 30) US-ABPB...
October 2015: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
L Kirchmair, M Ströhle, W N Löscher, J Kreutziger, W G Voelckel, P Lirk
BACKGROUND: Neurophysiological data are lacking in the research of nerve injury during regional anaesthesia. The aim of this pilot study was to establish a large animal model in order to test the hypothesis that needle trauma alone or in combination with intraneural injection would result in measurable nerve injury. METHODS: The experimental set-up was elaborated in four pre-test animals. In the remaining animals (n = 11), 22 sciatic nerves were randomly assigned to one of four groups: needle trauma (n = 5) generated by ultrasound-guided forced needle advancement; intraneural injection of 2...
March 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Erik Smistad, Frank Lindseth
The goal is to create an assistant for ultrasound- guided femoral nerve block. By segmenting and visualizing the important structures such as the femoral artery, we hope to improve the success of these procedures. This article is the first step towards this goal and presents novel real-time methods for identifying and reconstructing the femoral artery, and registering a model of the surrounding anatomy to the ultrasound images. The femoral artery is modelled as an ellipse. The artery is first detected by a novel algorithm which initializes the artery tracking...
March 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Piotr Nowakowski, Andrzej Bieryło
Axillary brachial plexus block is one of the most frequently employed peripheral blocks. The popularity of axillary block stems from its success as a safe and relatively easy technique with numerous applications. The technique of axillary block has evolved. It was modified after the development of precise nerve localization modalities. Currently, ultrasound is the most important localization technique for regional anaesthesia. Ultrasound-guided axillary block encompasses a spectrum of techniques. The selection of a specific technique can be adjusted to an operator's individual level of skill and proficiency...
2015: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
Sadic Kagwa, Mark A Hoeft, Paul G Firth, Stephen Ttendo, Vicki E Modest
BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block provides 12-24 h of analgesia to the parietal peritoneum and abdominal wall, and are best used combined with oral or intravenous medications. Despite ease of use, a large margin of safety, and a high success rate, TAP blocks remain under used in settings where patients could most benefit from their use. Previous studies have used oral or intravenous narcotics for supplementation. However, the efficacy of TAP blocks in low-resourced settings where patients do not have dependable access to these medications is unknown...
April 27, 2015: Lancet
Susanne Sujatta
Character of clinical skills training is always influenced by technical improvement and cultural changes. Over the last years, two trends have changed the way of traditional apprenticeship-style training in regional anaesthesia: firstly, the development in ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia, and secondly, the reduced acceptance of using patients as mannequins for invasive techniques. Against this background, simulation techniques are explored, ranging from simple low-fidelity part-task training models to train skills in needle application, to highly sophisticated virtual reality models – the full range is covered...
March 2015: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
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