Transversus Abdominis Plane Block in Children Undergoing Ostomy Surgery

2014-07-23 21:08:53 | BioPortfolio


The primary objective of this study is to determine if the use of Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) blocks reduce early postoperative opioid requirements.


Revision or closure of ostomy is a common elective surgical procedure at The Hospital for Sick Children. A retrospective audit conducted at SickKids demonstrated significant intraoperative opioid use and significant requirements for rescue opioids in recovery.

Concerns exist regarding the relative merits of opioid use in abdominal surgery. Opioids may decrease bowel motility leading to the increased incidence and duration of postoperative ileus. They may be associated with increased rates of post-operative nausea and vomiting and pruritus. Lastly children may under-report their pain or pain may not be recognized by medical staff leading to inadequate provision of analgesia. This suggests that the use of a regional technique may benefit children undergoing revision of ostomy.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment




Transversus Abdominis Plane Block, Standard


The Hospital for Sick Children
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The Hospital for Sick Children

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:08:53-0400

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Muscles forming the ABDOMINAL WALL including RECTUS ABDOMINIS, external and internal oblique muscles, transversus abdominis, and quadratus abdominis. (from Stedman, 25th ed)

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