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Peripheral nerve blocks in the management of postoperative pain: challenges and opportunities.

dc.contributor.author Joshi, G
dc.contributor.author Gandhi, K
dc.contributor.author Shah, N
dc.contributor.author Gadsden, Jeffrey Charles
dc.contributor.author Corman, SL
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-03T17:48:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-03T17:48:29Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27871587
dc.identifier S0952-8180(16)30727-9
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/13339
dc.description.abstract Peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) are increasingly used as a component of multimodal analgesia and may be administered as a single injection (sPNB) or continuous infusion via a perineural catheter (cPNB). We undertook a qualitative review focusing on sPNB and cPNB with regard to benefits, risks, and opportunities for optimizing patient care. Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials have shown superior pain control and reductions in opioid consumption in patients receiving PNB compared with those receiving intravenous opioids in a variety of upper and lower extremity surgical procedures. cPNB has also been associated with a reduction in time to discharge readiness compared with sPNB. Risks of PNB, regardless of technique or block location, include vascular puncture and bleeding, nerve damage, and local anesthetic systemic toxicity. Site-specific complications include quadriceps weakness in patients receiving femoral nerve block, and pleural puncture or neuraxial blockade in patients receiving interscalene block. The major limitation of sPNB is the short (12-24 hours) duration of action. cPNB may be complicated by catheter obstruction, migration, and leakage of local anesthetic as well as accidental removal of catheters. Potential infectious complications of catheters, although rare, include local inflammation and infection. Other considerations for ambulatory cPNB include appropriate patient selection, education, and need for 24/7 availability of a health care provider to address any complications. The ideal PNB technique would have a duration of action that is sufficiently long to address the most intense period of postsurgical pain; should be associated with minimal risk of infection, neurologic complications, bleeding, and local anesthetic systemic toxicity; and should be easy to perform, convenient for patients, and easy to manage in the postoperative period.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof J Clin Anesth
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.jclinane.2016.08.041
dc.subject Multimodal analgesia
dc.subject Peripheral nerve block
dc.subject Postoperative pain
dc.title Peripheral nerve blocks in the management of postoperative pain: challenges and opportunities.
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27871587
pubs.begin-page 524
pubs.end-page 529
pubs.organisational-group Anesthesiology
pubs.organisational-group Anesthesiology, Regional
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 35
dc.identifier.eissn 1873-4529


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