This concise revision guide provides the essential information for trainees with an interest in regional anaesthesia, taking any MCQ-based exam in the specialty. Divided into nine clear chapters, it serves both as an overview and as examination practice. Each topic is approached systematically to explain relevant concepts, including anatomy and physiology, and techniques of nerve blockage and their indications, contraindications and complications. It also includes notoriously difficult and often avoided topics such as pain therapy and statistics. The book is fully referenced, has over 120 tables and 90 illustrations to aid comprehension and an appendix that includes vital information for rapid and effective revision.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. The nerve. Nerve anatomy and physiology. Local anaesthetic action. Pharmacology. Local anaesthetics. Adjuvants. Analgesics (opioid and non-opioid). Equipment and physics. Peripheral nerve stimulator. Needles and catheters. Ultrasound. Newer techniques. Central neuraxial blocks. Spinal anaesthesia. Epidural anaesthesia. Combined spinal epidural anaesthesia. Caudal anaesthesia. Peripheral nerve blocks. Upper limb blocks. Lower limb blocks. Truncal blocks. Intravenous regional anaesthesia. Ophthalmic blocks. Head and neck blocks. Airway anaesthesia. Regional anaesthesia in specific populations. Obstetrics. Paediatrics. Geriatrics. Patients with systemic disease. Pain therapy. Acute pain. Autonomic nervous system and sympathetic blocks. Chronic pain. Complications in regional anaesthesia. Neurological complications. Management of patients on anticoagulants. Infection control. Local anaesthetic toxicity. Statistics. Appendix. Index.