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Wrong-site nerve blocks: a systematic literature review to guide principles for prevention.

Deutsch ES, Yonash RA, Martin DE, et al. Wrong-site nerve blocks: A systematic literature review to guide principles for prevention. J Clin Anesth. 2018;46:101-111. doi:10.1016/j.jclinane.2017.12.008.

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August 8, 2018
Deutsch ES, Yonash RA, Martin DE, et al. J Clin Anesth. 2018;46:101-111.

Wrong-site procedures are considered never events, yet they continue to occur. This review describes the incidence, impacts, and contributing factors of wrong-site nerve blocks. The authors recommend verifying the procedure and patient with multiple sources of information, using visible site markings, and employing time outs immediately prior to anesthetic use. A WebM&M commentary discussed an incident involving a wrong-site nerve block.

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Deutsch ES, Yonash RA, Martin DE, et al. Wrong-site nerve blocks: A systematic literature review to guide principles for prevention. J Clin Anesth. 2018;46:101-111. doi:10.1016/j.jclinane.2017.12.008.