Journal of Surgical Technique and Case Report
Journal of Surgical Technique and Case Report

  Table of Contents 
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 71-72  

Use of labels on local anaesthetic syringes

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Date of Web Publication18-Dec-2014

Correspondence Address:
Z Ahmad
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Warwickshire
United Kingdom
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2006-8808.147267

Get Permissions

How to cite this article:
Ahmad Z. Use of labels on local anaesthetic syringes . J Surg Tech Case Report 2014;6:71-2

How to cite this URL:
Ahmad Z. Use of labels on local anaesthetic syringes . J Surg Tech Case Report [serial online] 2014 [cited 2016 May 10];6:71-2. Available from:


Using local anesthetic particularly in high-turnover surgery such as day-case local anesthetic lists (skin cancer and hand surgery) for anesthesia, blood-less fields (with adrenaline) and post-operative pain relief are common practice. Local and regional anesthetic allows high turnover, arguably safer and more resource efficient approach to such surgery and also enables patients to have a relatively pain free recovery in the first few hours of the post-operative period. However using local anesthetic is not free from risk. Side-effects including circumoral tingling, dizziness and palpitations are just some of the signs of local and systemic toxicity, which have been reported [Figure 1], [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Ampoule of local anesthetic. The label can be peeled off by the scrub nurse and attached to a sterile syringe

Click here to view
Figure 2: Sterile syringe with label can be differentiated from syringes with saline or other agents to prevent harm to patient or surgeon

Click here to view

When general anesthesia is being administered anesthetists and their practitioners carefully prepare and label their drugs using labels to optimize safety. During local anesthetic cases, the surgeon often has the responsibility of taking consent, marking the patient, preparing and administering the anesthesia and then performing the surgery. In order to reduce the chance of mishaps occurring, the adhesive labels from local anesthetic vials (i.e., Marcaine ® ) can be fixed onto the actual syringe, the surgeon is using in order to label the contents of the syringe, thereby negating any possible doubt as to the contents of the syringe. Often there may other syringes which may contain saline, or other agents (hydrogen peroxide, sterile water, chlorhexidine) This simple, yet very highly effective technique ensures that patient safety is not compromised irrespective of the scrub nurses scrub trolley or the hustle and bustle of the busy operating theatre.


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2]


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

  In this article
    Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded29    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal