<< Pediatric Nerve Blocks: An Evidence-Based Approach (Trauma CME)

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The child may not tolerate the process of needle insertion due to developmental limitations or other reasons. It is preferable that the child be able to reliably communicate levels of pain or discomfort, but the lack of ability to communicate should not necessarily exclude the patient from undergoing a nerve block. In anxious children, it may be difficult to assess the effectiveness of nerve blocks because they may perceive pressure in an anesthetized area as pain.

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