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2019 Feb 27

Cochrane Database Syst Rev



The use of ultrasound guidance for perioperative neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks in children.


Guay J, Suresh S, Kopp S
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Feb 27; 2(2):CD011436.
PMID: 30820938.


The use of ultrasound guidance for regional anaesthesia has become popular over the past two decades. However, it is not recognized by all experts as an essential tool, perhaps because it is unclear whether ultrasound reduces the risk of severe neurological complications, and the cost of an ultrasound machine (USD 22,000) is substantially higher than the cost of other tools. This review was published in 2016 and updated in 2019.