Alparslan Turan, Rovnat Babazade, Hesham Elsharkawy, Wael Ali Sakr Esa, Kamal Maheshwari, Ehab Farag, Nicole M. Zimmerman, Loran Mounir Soliman and Daniel I. Sessler
European Journal of Anesthesiology, 2016; 33:1-6
The Cleveland Clinic performed a single-center, randomize, controlled trial to test the hypothesis that femoral nerve catheter placement performed using the Infiniti Plus™ Needle Guidance System (CIVCO Medical Solutions, Kalona, Iowa, USA) will be quicker than without using the Infiniti Plus. Secondarily, the number of attempts and the success rate of needle visibility were recorded and analyzed for statistical relevance.
The trial was performed by experienced anesthesiologists. Enrolled patients scheduled for elective total knee replacement were randomized into two groups of 67 each (134 total) to receive the ultrasound-guided femoral nerve catheter placement with or without the Infiniti Plus needle guide (control group).
The use of Infiniti Plus needle guide significantly decreased the median time spent performing femoral nerve catheterization by 32% compared to a free-hand technique. The median time to perform the femoral nerve catheter placement using Infiniti Plus was 118 seconds and without the needle guide was 177 seconds. Infiniti Plus had no effect on the odds of a successful femoral nerve catheter placement, number of attempts or percentage of perfect needle visibility.
The Infiniti Plus needle guide reduced the time required for placement of femoral nerve catheters by 1 minute on average but did not reduce the number of attempts, increase the block success rate or improve visibility of the needle. Although speculative, the Infiniti Plus needle guide system may prove more helpful for deeper blocks or for use by less experienced clinicians.