Chapter

Choice of technique

Fiona Hicks and Karen H. Simpson

in Nerve Blocks in Palliative Care

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780198527039
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527039.003.0005
Choice of technique

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This chapter discusses choosing the right technique to manage patients with pain. Before the World Health Organization provided the analgesic ladder and a wider range of drugs and routes became available, some anaesthetists used peripheral and regional nerve blocks and spinal drug delivery. The general principles of nerve blocks are discussed, along with their indications and counterindications. The techniques, equipment, and environment needed to perform nerve blocks are examined in the next section. The chapter also discusses the drugs used for nerve blocks and the general complications associated with them, and concludes with a discussion on aftercare.

Keywords: pain-management technique; analgesic ladder; nerve blocks; spinal drug delivery; nerve block drugs; general complications; techniques and equipment

Chapter.  2818 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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