Volume 2016, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094


Regional blocks provide adequate analgesia in trauma patients. The aim of this study was to review the current practice of emergency department physicians in the use of regional blocks.

A cross-sectional survey was conducted among emergency department physicians and anesthesiologists. The response rate was 100% ( = 107). 79% ( = 57) of the anesthesiologists were found to provide regional blocks however, 48.5% ( = 17) of emergency physicians administer local blocks. Only 2.8% of emergency physicians held a formal qualification in regional anesthesia.

There is a need to train ED physicians in regional blocks so that the pain in trauma patients can be managed early.


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  • Article Type: Letter to the Editor
Keyword(s): emergency departmentlimb traumapain management and regional block
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