Regional Anaesthesia in the Intensive Care Unit



Pain is a common problem in Intensive Care patients. Pain is a modifiable risk factor for sleep deprivation, delirium and post-traumatic stress disorder [1–3]. Regional anaesthesia (RA) has the advantage of providing non-sedating targeted analgesia. Dynamic pain is better controlled with RA than opioid analgesia [4], assisting early mobilisation of patients [5]. RA may also decrease the incidence of chronic pain [6].


Cervical plexus block Epidural analgesia Intensive care Acute pain Local anaesthetic toxicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaEvelina London Children’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Intensive Care Unit, Pietermaritzburg Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain ManagementGrey’s HospitalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Discipline of Anaesthesia and Critical CareUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa

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