Intravenous Regional Anesthesia

Edward D. Frie

in Mayo Clinic Atlas of Regional Anesthesia and Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blockade

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743032
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929597 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Intravenous Regional Anesthesia

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The intravenous injection of local anesthetic into an exsanguinated limb provides anesthesia by diffusion of the drug to peripheral nerves supplied by small vessels. Intravenous regional anesthesia is most commonly used for procedures on the hand, wrist, and digits; however, it may also be effective for minor surgery on the foot and ankle. The following aspects of the procedure are reviewed: clinical applications, relevant anatomy, patient position, technique (including neural localization techniques, needle insertion site, and needle redirection cues), and side effects and complications.

Chapter.  1263 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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