Allied health professional confidence in giving prehospital fascia iliaca blocks

Background: Fascia iliaca blocks (FIBs) are an efficacious form of prehospital regional anaesthesia for patients with neck of femur fracture. Current prehospital use is limited. Aims: The primary aim of this study was to assess procedural confidence among allied health professionals. The secondary aim was to examine concerns related to prehospital use of FIB. Methods: This was a qualitative study that analysed semi-structured interviews. Two recognised groups were involved: paramedics and advanced practitioners. Results: A total of 12 semi-structured interviews were conducted. Four factors were found to contribute to procedural confidence. All practitioners felt confident to perform the FIB. In its secondary aim, to identify concerns related to FIBs, the study found three major themes: risk of doing harm; receiving adequate training; and procedural governance. Conclusions: Procedural confidence was high. Training and governance were highlighted as barriers to procedural expansion. Research is required to assess feasibility.

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