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CASE REPORT
Awake caudal anaesthesia in neonates/young infants for improved patient safety

Summary

Caudal epidural block in a conscious infant is a recognised technique that allows the avoidance of general anaesthesia and risks associated with it. It is also technically easier to perform reliably compared with an awake subarachnoid block in skilled hands.1 While local anaesthetic systemic toxicity is a rare complication of caudal anaesthesia, this case illustrates the potential for caudal anaesthesia done awake in enhancing patient safety through early recognition of local anaesthetic systemic toxicity.

  • Anaesthesia
  • Medical education
  • Paediatrics
  • Safety
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