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2020 Jun

Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg



Effects of catheter orifice configuration (triple-hole versus end-hole) in continuous infraclavicular brachial plexus block on analgesia after upper limb surgery.


The configuration of a nerve block catheter may affect the local anesthetic spread in epidural analgesia and continuous peripheral nerve blocks. This prospective and randomized study aims to compare the multi-orifice nerve block catheter with an end-hole catheter in ultrasound-guided continuous infraclavicular brachial plexus block (BPB) in terms of providing postoperative analgesia for the orthopedic upper limb surgery below the shoulder. The primary outcome measure was mean pain scores. Secondary outcome measures were the consumption of rescue analgesic and the amount of local anesthetics delivered by a Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) device.