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An avoidable complication of digital nerve block
  1. J O'Donnell,
  2. K Wilson,
  3. P A Leonard
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9YW, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Leonard (paul_leonard{at}

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Digital nerve block is a commonly used regional anaesthetic technique, often performed in the accident and emergency (A&E) department. It is a safe and effective technique that has been shown to have few complications.1 When lignocaine (lidocaine) is used, the digit will be anaesthetised for approximately 45 minutes to one hour, which is adequate anaesthetic time for most procedures undertaken in the A&E department.2

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