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A Change in Culture and Practice in the  Documentation of Local Anesthetics
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A Change in Culture and Practice in the Documentation of Local Anesthetics
Submitted on 17 Apr 2018

Moon Jung, Shane McDonald, Joe Loskove
Nova Southeastern University
This poster was presented at American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants Annual Conference
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Poster Abstract
Local anesthetics are given routinely by health care workers ranging from nurses and technicians to anesthesia personnel and physicians. There is concern for local anesthetic systemic toxicity ranging from mild neurological symptoms of dizziness and disorientation to cardiovascular collapse. Current recommendations regarding maximum dose of local anesthetics are weight based and do not consider patient risk factors, concurrent medications, location of block, and total local anesthetic dose. Moreover, clinicians do not always take into account previously administered dosages of local anesthetics before giving more. We propose a change to the electronic medical system in the documentation of local anesthetics.


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