Perioperative transversus abdominis plane (TAP) blocks for analgesia after abdominal surgery

  • Protocol
  • Intervention

Authors

  • Shona Charlton,

    1. Women's and Children's Hospital, Department of Women's Anaesthesia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Allan M Cyna,

    Corresponding author
    1. Women's and Children's Hospital, Department of Women's Anaesthesia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
    • Allan M Cyna, Department of Women's Anaesthesia, Women's and Children's Hospital, 72 King William Road, Adelaide, South Australia, 5006, Australia. allan.cyna@cywhs.sa.gov.au.

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  • Philippa Middleton

    1. The University of Adelaide, ARCH: Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

The primary purpose of this systematic review is to determine the effect of the TAP block and its variants on postoperative analgesia requirements after abdominal surgery.

Secondary aims are to:

  1. assess differences in pain experienced by patients having a TAP block compared with no treatment, placebo and other methods of analgesia;

  2. determine the safety of TAP blocks, by assessing the incidence and type of any adverse effects;

  3. assess patient satisfaction with the TAP block procedure and postoperative pain relief.