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Use of an Air Splint to Provide Limb Exsanguination During Intravenous Regional Anesthesia in Children
  1. Robert J. Rose, MD*
  1. From the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Hanover, New Hampshire
  2. *Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Anesthesia), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


Intravenous regional anesthesia is a safe and effective technique for providing anesthesia for closed reduction of the forearm in school-age children. The use of a pneumatic splint to provide exsanguination for intravenous regional anesthesia is described. The technique was used in nine children ages 6-14 years undergoing closed reduction of the forearm. In each instance the procedure provided painless exsanguination and adequate anesthesia for the operation. There were no complications related to the procedure.

  • Intravenous regional anesthesia
  • Pediatric anesthesia

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