Digital Block

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What you'll learn

A digital block is a common procedure used in minor surgical procedures, in which the nerves of the fingers are blocked using anesthesia. They are important tools for emergency medicine clinicians and primary care settings. It is a simple procedure that can be performed to provide immediate anesthesia for a multitude of injuries and procedures, such as fractures, dislocations, laceration repair, fingernail removal, or drainage of infections. read more »»

Other methods to anesthetize locally in the tissues of digits will either depend on local anesthetic solution or the area in which it is deposited. This can be painful if not deposited in correct anatomical location and as the palmar surfaces are extremely sensitive, they should be given carefully and slowly.

The advantages of this technique are (1) rapid onset of action, (2) only a small volume of anesthetic solution is required, (3) only a single injection is required, and (4) absence of risk of direct trauma to the neurovascular bundles. Knowledge of digital nerve blocks, site of injection, anatomical structures adjacent to them, area of deposition is very essential in emergency care setups which can help in decreasing discomfort to the patient during procedures.

This module will teach you how to safely prepare for and perform a digital block of the fingers. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers a clinical scenario that tests your ability to perform a digital block of the index finger.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedure considerations related to a digital block
  • How to visualize the anatomy of the digits from the branches of the median nerve, ulnar nerve, and common palmar digital nerves
  • How to practice and perfect your skills inserting the needle at the base of the dorsum, while infiltrating local anesthesia
  • How to angle the needle across the dorsum of the digit and advance it subcutaneously

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