Predicting the difficult neuraxial block: a prospective study.

@article{Sprung1999PredictingTD,
  title={Predicting the difficult neuraxial block: a prospective study.},
  author={Juraj Sprung and Denis L. Bourke and Jeffrey Grass and Jeffrey Hammel and Edward J. Mascha and P. P. Thomas and I Tubin},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={1999},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={384-9}
}
UNLABELLED Anticipated technical difficulty is one factor that can influence the anesthesiologist's decision to perform neuraxial (spinal or epidural) blockade. Problems during the procedure may be associated with patient dissatisfaction, neurologic sequelae, or hematoma. We designed this study of 595 neuraxial blocks to determine whether any patient characteristics would be useful in predicting a difficult neuraxial block. Before the procedure, the following data were noted: demographic data… CONTINUE READING

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