What are digital nerve blocks?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Dmitry Volfson, DO; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Digital nerve blocks are important tools for the emergency medicine clinician. Injuries or infections of the digits are extremely common. Adequate analgesia is essential to properly address the presenting condition and to minimize the patient's discomfort. Digital blocks are useful in many scenarios in which local infiltration of an anesthetic would require several injections into the already painful site of injury. Furthermore, local infiltration around the wound may create increased swelling, making the repair more difficult. Several techniques are available for performing digital blocks.


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