Checklist for Local Anesthetic Toxicity Treatment
Local anesthesia is a medical approach to blocking pain from part of the body by way of intravenous injection.
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This is a highly effective way to provide other medical treatment while keeping the patient comfortable and numb to the pain. But, the use of local anesthesia does come with the possibility of adverse effects.
It is strongly advised that those using local anesthetics (LA) in doses sufficient to produce local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST) establish a plan for managing this complication. It is important to stay one step ahead with local anesthetic toxicity by being prepared and observant of possible signs of systemic toxicity. For example, local anesthetic toxicity often affects the central nerves first, prior to affecting the cardiac system or peripheral nerves. A patient may experience blurriness or tinnitus, which is a sign that it is affecting the central nerves.
Making a local anesthetic toxicity kit and posting instructions for its use are encouraged. The Checklist for Local Anesthetic Toxicity Treatment mobile app was developed to provide those working with local anesthesia a detailed checklist for treatment of local anesthetic systemic toxicity. Use this checklist to make sure that you are fully informed on things to be cautious of and how to handle LAST, if it is to occur. Using this app is a way to provide your patients with the best care possible.
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