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Objective methods of nerve localisation to facilitate performing locoregional anaesthetic techniques for horses undergoing surgical procedures
  • Luís Filipe Louro,
  • Kate Loomes,
  • David Bardell
Luís Filipe Louro
Veterinary Anaesthesia Consultancy Services

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Kate Loomes
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David Bardell
University of Liverpool
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Abstract

Perineural anaesthesia is a useful technique in equine surgery, providing pre-emptive targeted anaesthesia of the surgical site, reducing volatile anaesthetic requirements, improving recovery quality and providing post-operative pain relief. Surgery under standing sedation in horses has increased in popularity, mandating the need for effective locoregional anaesthesia and analgesic techniques. Nerve location techniques offer greater accuracy than blind techniques when placing injectate. These methods can help to avoid structures such as blood vessels and minimise direct nerve damage during needle placement, reducing the chance of procedure-related complications. This review will discuss the most pertinent research in the veterinary literature where objective methods of nerve location have been used to perform peripheral nerve blocks in horses. The efficacy of using objective methods to perform nerve blocks in equine anaesthesia is discussed by the authors, providing useful information to equine anaesthetists, and potentially improve the quality of anaesthesia and analgesia in horses.
02 Nov 2023Submitted to Equine Veterinary Education
02 Nov 2023Assigned to Editor
02 Nov 2023Submission Checks Completed
08 Nov 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned