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Peripheral Nerve Blocks for the Lower Extremity

  • Sylvia H. Wilson
  • Anna Uskova
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Abstract

Certain steps must be taken before offering a peripheral nerve block to a patient: Surgeon and primary anesthesia care team aware and in agreement. Patient meets all criteria for surgery and anesthesia: NPO, cardiopulmonary status, etc. Patient evaluation is complete: laboratory values, EKG, and CXR. Paperwork is completed: patient identification, surgical consent, and laterality. Contraindications to block are not present: coagulopathy, refusal (see later section). Patient consents to block: risks, benefits, and options explained.

Keywords

Anesthesia, regional Nerve block Sciatic nerve Femoral nerve Lumbar plexus Analgesia Anesthetics, local Lower extremity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative MedicineMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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