Regional anaesthesia in children

Steve Roberts

in Principles and Practice of Regional Anaesthesia

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586691
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191755507 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Anaesthesia

Regional anaesthesia in children

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Regional anaesthesia is now firmly placed at the heart of paediatric anaesthesia. However, it differs from adult practice in that it is almost always performed in combination with general anaesthesia. Indeed, as a general rule, it would be neither safe nor possible to attempt regional blocks in the awake child. This is because a child cannot be guaranteed to remain still and calm; and paraesthesiae and peripheral nerve stimulation are techniques that would be difficult for young children to understand or accept. The possible exceptions to this are teenagers undergoing relatively minor surgery or premature infants undergoing hernia repair.

Chapter.  9899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Clinical Skills ; Paediatric Surgery

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