Local anesthetic systemic toxicity
- Acronym: LAST
- Life-threatening adverse reaction to local anesthetic toxicity.
- Incidence = ~0.2% of nerve blocks
- Generally occurs within minutes of injection
- Injection of local anesthetic into systemic circulation
- Exceeding the maximum dose of local anesthetic (see table below)
- Absorption of anesthetic into systemic circulation by injection into extremely vascular area.
|Agent||Without Epinephrine||With Epinephrine||Duration||Notes|
|Lidocaine||5 mg/kg (max 300mg)||7 mg/kg (max 500mg)||30-90 min||
|Mepivicaine||7 mg/kg||8 mg/kg|
|Bupivicaine||2.5 mg/kg (max 175mg)||3 mg/kg (max 225mg)||6-8 hr||
|Tetracaine||1 mg/kg||1.5 mg/kg||3hrs (10hrs with epi)|
|Procaine||7 mg/kg||10 mg/kg||30min (90min with epi)|
Diphenhydramine as Local Anesthetic
- Injectable 1% diphenhydramine (10 mg/mL) can be used as a local anesthestic alternative to ester/amide anesthetics
- Sodium channel blocker mechanism
- 1-2 mL of 1% diphenhydramine at a time, to not exceed excessive sedation dose
- Typical vial is 50 mg/mL, so to make 10 mg/mL:
- 10 mL NS removed from 50 mL vial
- Add 10 mL of 50 mg/mL diphenhydramine to 40 mL of NS
- Sedation is dose related and is similar to what would be expected for IM doses
- Relative contraindications are the same for IM diphenhydramine administration
- Methemoglobinemia - local anesthestics oxidize Fe2+ to Fe3+ in Hb
- Clinical diagnosis
- Directed by clinical picture
- Blood levels of anesthetic are available, but not clinically useful.
- Aggressive supportive care (including airway management) and application of ACLS
- Early activation of ECMO or consideration for transfer to ECMO center as cardiac arrest is often refractory to ACLS.
- 1 amp of sodium bicarbonate IV q2 min for:
- VT or VF
- Severe acidosis
- Lipid emulsion, (Intralipid) 20% solution
- Lipid sink, binds to local anesthetic
- 1.5 mL/kg bolus over 1 minute
- Then, 0.25 mL/kg/min for 20 min or until hemodynamic stability achieved
- ↑ to 0.5 mL/kg/min if hemodynamic status declines
- Maximum total dose 12 mL/kg.
- Consider drawing extra blood as will interfere with labs
- ACLS modifications per ASRA (Am Soc of Regional Anesthesia):
- Avoid vasopressin
- Avoid calcium-channel blockers and beta-blockers
- Amiodarone preferred in ventricular dysrhythmias
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