Continuous fascia iliaca block for acute hip fractures: a randomized-controlled pilot study

  • Vicky LoessinEmail author
  • A. J. ElZahabi
  • Brian Brownbridge
  • Jagmeet Singh Bajwa

To the Editor,

We read with interest the letter from Henderson et al. regarding improving care for elderly patients with hip fracture through interdisciplinary collaboration in regional anesthesia.1 We recently completed a randomized-controlled pilot study of 30 patients looking at continuous fascia iliaca blocks (cFIBs) to improve pain in hip fracture patients waiting for surgery ( NCT03588689).

The fascia iliaca block (FIB) is a compartment field block that targets the femoral, obturator, and the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh. Studies have shown the efficacy of FIBs in treating pain from hip fractures, and in surgeries involving the hip, knee, and anterior thigh. Successful blockade requires deposition of large volumes of local anesthetic (30–40 mL).2,3

Because wait times in our institution average two days from the time of hip fracture until surgical repair, we hypothesized that a cFIB would improve pain control and decrease opioid use, thereby showing...


Conflicts of interest

None declared.

Editorial responsibility

This submission was handled by Dr. Philip M. Jones, Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain ManagementUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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