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Femoral nerve blocks should be performed in the modern emergency department in patients with fractured femurs
  1. Liam Daniel Quinn1,
  2. John McLoughlin2
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, UK
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Liam D Quinn, Department of Anaesthesia, Musgrave Park Hospital, Stockman's Lane, Belfast, BT9 7JB UK; ldq3{at}

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Dear Editor: We read with some dismay the results of the survey of current practice of the administration of femoral nerve blocks in the emergency department (ED), reported by Mittal and Vermani.1 We are concerned that of the EDs that responded, only 55% regularly gave femoral nerve blocks to patients with fractured femurs. This falls short of the standards of care that we should expect for patients with acute pain following …

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  • Contributors LDQ authored the first draft of the letter, and performed the literature search for related topics. JM reviewed the first draft, made suggestions and reviewed the letter after online publication. He edited the letter to reduce the word count for paper publication. JM will act as guarantor for the letter.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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