Evaluation of ultrasound guided verses nerve stimulator technique of interscalene brachial plexus block: insights from Indian multi-super specialty hospital


  • Kiran Kumar G. V. Department of Anaesthesia, Yashoda hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
  • Rammohan Gurram Department of Anaesthesia, Yashoda hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
  • Gajanan Fultambkar Department of Anaesthesia, Yashoda hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
  • Amit Omprakash Gupta Clinical Pharmacologist, Thane, Maharashtra, India
  • Onkar C. Swami Clinical Pharmacologist, Pune, Maharashtra, India




Interscalene brachial plexus block, Nerve stimulator equipment, Regional anaesthetic technique, Ropivacaine, Ultrasound equipment


Background: To provide adequate intraoperative anaesthesia and postoperative analgesia for orthopaedic surgery continues to be a procedural challenge. The administration of brachial plexus anaesthesia can be facilitated through nerve stimulation or by ultrasound guidance. Hence study was conducted to compare differences in these techniques in patients undergoing interscalene brachial plexus block (ISSB).

Methods: In this prospective, randomized, observer-blinded study, 60 patients (Male=41, Female=19) were scheduled for orthopaedic shoulder and upper arm surgeries matching inclusion and exclusion criteria. Patients were randomly allocated to either Ultrasound (US, n=30) group or Nerve Stimulator (NS, n=30) group through a computer-generated randomization.

Results: There was significant difference between US and NS group with respect to average number of attempts taken, block performance time (BPT), onset of sensory and motor block, duration of motor block and patient satisfaction score. Whereas not much significant difference was observed in duration of sensory block, block success rate and incidence of post operative side effects.

Conclusions: The results suggest that US guided ISBB is significantly superior to NS guided block in terms of faster onset of action; lower number of attempts to locate Interscalene brachial plexus; longer duration of block and overall success rate with favourable tolerability at real-life scenario.


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How to Cite

G. V., K. K., Gurram, R., Fultambkar, G., Gupta, A. O., & Swami, O. C. (2018). Evaluation of ultrasound guided verses nerve stimulator technique of interscalene brachial plexus block: insights from Indian multi-super specialty hospital. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 6(7), 2503–2507. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20182844



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