Martin R. Blaney
© 2021 Tobin Tollett
Regional and neuraxial anesthetic techniques are ever-expanding, and an understanding of the tools, medications, and adjuncts associated with these techniques is prudent for anesthesia providers. One goal of these techniques is to extend pain management beyond the initial surgical phase by using long-acting local anesthetics with or without adjunct medications. The purpose of this review is to detail the clinical utility, benefits, and risks of dexmedetomidine as an adjunct to regional and neuraxial anesthetic techniques. This review includes an analysis of literature of over 20 randomized controlled trials comparing the use of dexmedetomidine to other adjuncts in common regional and neuraxial techniques in adult patients. This expanding body of research suggests dexmedetomidine may exert desirable effects as an adjunct to regional and neuraxial anesthesia.
Tollett, Tobin, "Dexmedetomidine As An Adjunct To Regional And Neuraxial Anesthesia" (2021). Nurse Anesthesia Capstones. 41.