Functional recovery with peripheral nerve block versus general anesthesia for upper limb surgery: a systematic review protocol Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Abstract Background Peripheral nerve block is a single injection that inhibits the transmission of peripheral nerve impulses to the central nervous system. The inhibition of the nociceptive impulse may decrease the occurrence of muscle spasm following mobilization postoperatively. This mechanism may contribute to a better functional recovery following upper limb surgery. This systematic review will investigate the impact of peripheral nerve block on functional recovery after an upper limb surgery. Methods We will search studies comparing peripheral nerve block to general anesthesia for upper limb surgery in the following databases: CENTRAL, MEDLINE (Ovid), CINAHL, EMBASE, and Scopus. In duplicate, independent reviewers will assess eligibility, evaluate risk of bias, and abstract data on type of peripheral nerve block and functional outcome. Where possible, we will pool results using a random effects model. For each outcome, we will assess the quality of evidence using GRADE methodology. Discussion We aim to summarize the available evidence comparing functional recovery with peripheral nerve block versus general anesthesia for upper limb surgery. These data will inform the design of a trial on the topic. Systematic review registration PROSPERO CRD42018116298


  • Héroux, Jennifer
  • Belley-Cote, Emilie
  • Echavé, Pablo
  • Loignon, Marie-Josée
  • Bessette, Pierre-Olivier
  • Patenaude, Nicolas
  • Baillargeon, Jean-Patrice
  • D’Aragon, Frédérick

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  • December 2019