1308 - Local anaesthetic (LA) nerve blockade for post-surgical analgesia

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

This service is similar to those covered by the existing three MBS items (22040, 22045 and 22050).

LA blockade of specific nerves, performed during anaesthesia for surgery, and intended to provide post-surgical analgesia.

Description of Medical Condition

LA nerve blocks are performed for a wide variety of surgical procedures, across a wide range of surgical specialities. In general, they will be performed only where: (1) the specific nerve supplying the tissues involved in a surgical procedure can actually be accessed and blocked, with minimal risk; and (2) LA blockade has been proven to provide superior post-operative analgesia.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

7 February 2014 – 21 March 2014
Consultation Protocol (PDF 416 KB)
Consultation Protocol (Word 181 KB)

Final Protocol (PDF 165 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 180 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


16 – 17 April 2014