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Regional Anaesthesia - practical education session

  • Regional Anaesthesia

    Review the objectives below with your Pain Link Nurse, Clinical Facilitator or Preceptor
    1. Able to set up syringe pump & infusion set for delivery   1. Identifies main features of infusion pump.
    2. Understands components of infusion line set up.
    3. Able to load syringes into infusion pump, start pump and change bags.
    4. Ensures the infusion line and pump are labelled correctly.
    5. Is able to adjust infusion pump pressure if pressures in line are high.
    6. Checks infusion line is secured to patient.
    7. Is able to safely refill syringe from bag and understands implications of one-way valves in the giving set (EpiSet).
    8. Seeks assistance if unsure.

     2. Able to identify minor problems with infusion pump and catheter.


    1. Responds to the different types of alarm sounds and can suggest what might cause alarm to sound.
    2. Is able to trouble-shoot simple problems.
    3. Can check for power source problems and rectify.
    4. Identifies more complex occlusion problems.
    5. Identifies mechanical fault with infusion pump.
    6. Seeks assistance if unsure.
     3. Able to care for a patient during Regional Anaesthetic infusion, when the infusion is ceased and when the catheter is removed. 1. Understands what documentation is required for safe management of Regional Anaesthetic infusions and where to document.
    2. Is able to check catheter insertion site and assess the position of catheter according to markings.
    3. Is able to check dermatomes and bromage score and understands the importance of assessing these.
    4. Is able to describe the process to follow when Regional anaesthetic infusion is ceased and manage the patient's analgesia needs.
    5. Is able to remove the catheter(s) according to the protocol and complete the relevant documentation.
    6. Seeks assistance if problems encountered when removing the catheter.
    7. Seeks assistance if unsure.

















    Updated Jan 2020