Table 2

Anaesthetic technique summary

PVB (n=35)TEB (n=33)*
Difficulty in insertion4 (12)†14 (42)
Failure to deliver technique1 (3)0 (−)
Intraoperative use
Preoperative bolus given26 (74)25 (76)
Bolus drug given through catheter14 (40)24 (73)
Infusion given through catheter23 (66)21 (64)
Postoperative settings
Local anaesthetic was Bupivacaine (as opposed to Levobupivacaine)32 (94)†19 (58)
Concentration0.1%20 (59)†11 (33)
0.125%4 (12)†22 (67)
0.25%10 (29)†0 (−)
FentanylNone32 (91)3 (9)
2 μg/mL0 (−)0 (−)
4 μg/mL3 (9)30 (91)
Starting rate, mL/hourMedian (IQR)20 (10, 20)†6 (6, 8)
Prescribed range, mL/hourMedian (IQR)20 (15, 20)†12 (8, 15)
  • Frequency (%) presented (unless otherwise stated).

  • *One participant received neither technique as operation was not performed for the patient.

  • †One response is missing (n=34).

  • PVB, paravertebral blockade; TEB, thoracic epidural blockade.