Continuous axillary brachial plexus block for postoperative pain relief. Intermittent bolus versus continuous infusion.
JP Mezzatesta, DA Scott, SA Schweitzer, DE Selander
Reg Anesth | Published : 1997
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of continuous axillary brachial plexus block by infusion and by intermittent injection of bupivacaine 0.25% in the management of postoperative pain. METHODS: Two methods of continuous axillary brachial plexus block for pain management were compared in a prospective randomized trial. Twenty 16- to 62-year-old male patients (ASA I and II), undergoing microsurgery, received 0.25% bupivacaine following surgery, by either continuous infusion (group C, n = 10), or intermittent hourly bolus (group B, n = 10), via an axillary brachial plexus catheter inserted prior to operation. Efficacy assessments and analysis ..View full abstract