Tips for the IPACK Block
IPACK (Infiltration of local anesthetic between the Popliteal Artery and Capsule of the Knee) is a motor-sparing technique that anesthetizes the small articular sensory nerves from the popliteal plexus and obturator nerve resulting in analgesia of the posterior knee capsule.
Here are 3 steps to successfully perform an IPACK block
- Place the transducer transversely over the medial aspect of the knee, 2-3 cm above the patella.
- Slide the transducer proximal and distal to identify the distal femoral shaft and popliteal artery.
- Insert the needle in-plane, from the anteromedial aspect of the knee, toward the space between the popliteal artery and femur, and inject 15-20 mL of local anesthetic.
Watch the video below to get a better picture of the process and see how the NYSORA Nerve Blocks App brings these instructions to life:
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