Safety in pediatric regional anesthesia


Claude Ecoffey, Service d’Anesthésie-Réanimation 2, Ho^pital Pontchaillou, Université Rennes 1, 35033-Rennes, France


The use of regional anesthesia is increasingly common in pediatric practice. This review reports the complications and risks in pediatric regional anesthesia. Few large studies reported incidence of complications. However, the different studies have shown that regional anesthesia, when performed properly, carried a very low risk of morbidity in appropriately selected infants and children. In addition, the use of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blockade has shown some promise toward increasing the safety profile of these already safe techniques.