Regional anesthesia needles can introduce ultrasound gel into tissues

Belavy, David (2010) Regional anesthesia needles can introduce ultrasound gel into tissues. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 111 3: 811-812. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181e4527a

Author Belavy, David
Title Regional anesthesia needles can introduce ultrasound gel into tissues
Journal name Anesthesia and Analgesia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-2999
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181e4527a
Volume 111
Issue 3
Start page 811
End page 812
Total pages 2
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND: Anesthesiologists may insert needles through ultrasound gel when performing ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. In this study, it was determined whether needles carry gel into tissues.

Ultrasound gel dyed blue was applied to pork rashers. Tuohy and short-bevel needles were passed through the gel and pork. The needles were then assessed for the presence of ultrasound gel.

All needles, including those with stylets, carried gel and tissue within the lumen.

Ultrasound gel may be injected around (and perhaps in) nerves during regional anesthesia procedures. Studies are needed to determine the implications of this practice. (Anesth Analg 2010;111:811-2) Copyright © 2010 International Anesthesia Research Society.
Keyword Neurotoxicity
Animal tissue
Propylene glycol
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Brief Reports

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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