Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Peri-Operative Pain Relief

2nd Edition

Expert Consult: Online and Print


  • Dominic Harmon
  • Jack Barrett
  • Frank Loughnane
  • Brendan Finucane
  • George Shorten
  • Key Features

    Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Peri-Operative Pain Relief has been extensively revised to reflect changes in contemporary practice.

    Provides a detailed foundation upon which trainees and practitioners can develop their skills in peripheral nerve block.

    Explains fundamental principles such as the mechanism of action of local anesthetic drugs, needle types, as well as toxicity and safety.

    Uses a consistent, user-friendly format to present each nerve block’s indications, contraindications, relevant anatomy, technique, adverse effects, and complications.

    Provides a complete, all-in-one resource in which each block is described in terms of its relevant anatomy, its ultrasonographic anatomy, and its clinical performance.

    Shows you how to proceed using high quality clinical photographs, radiographic images and specially commissioned line drawings.

    Offers "Clinical Pearls" in every chapter to help you obtain optimal results.

    Each chapter in this new edition is supplemented with practical advice and examples of how to use ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks to its greatest effect.

    Includes a brand new chapter on Transversus abdominis plane block.

    Features more than two hours of narrated video clips via the Expert Consult online platform to demonstrate a full range of nerve block procedures and enables the user to access full text and images from any computer.

    Table of Contents

    Section A. Principles

    1. Introduction (How to use this atlas and CD Rom)

    2. Regional anaesthesia in perspective – history, current role and the future

    3. Mechanism of action of local anaesthetics

    4. General – indications and contraindications

    5. Complications, toxicity and safety

    6. Peripheral nerve blockade materials

    7. Principles of ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blockade.

    8. Ambulatory peripheral nerve blockade.

    9. Which block for which surgery.

    10. Design and implementation of a training programme in PNB.

    Section B. Peripheral nerve blocks

    11. Cervical plexus blockade

    12. Orbital blocks

    13. Wound local anesthetic infusions

    14. Brachial plexus anatomy

    15. Interscalene block

    16. Supraclavicular block

    17. Suprascapular block

    18. Axillary Block.

    19. Infraclavicular block

    20. Mid-humeral block
    21. Elbow blocks

    22. Wrist blocks

    23. Lumbar and sacral plexus anatomy

    24. Posterior sciatic nevre block

    25. Anterior scitic nerve block

    26. Femoral nerve block

    27. Psoas block

    28. Iliacus block

    29. Lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh block

    30. Popliteal block

    31. Ankle block

    32. Paravertebral block

    33. Intercostal block

    34. Trans Abdominis Pane Block

    35. Inguinal field block


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    About the authors

    Dominic Harmon

    Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Ireland