Ultrasound Guided Serratus Anterior Plane Block

Author: James Waiting, Tim Egan, Andrew Wilkinson / Editor: Frances Balmer / Codes: Echo / Published: 17/11/2021

Serratus anterior plane block can be used as multimodal analgesia for anterior lateral rib fractures in the trauma patient. This module outlines the ultrasound guided technique.

  • Understand the anatomy of serratus anterior plane block (SAPB).
  • Understand the indications for SAPB including rib fracture analgesia.
  • Be aware of the contraindications to SAPB.
  • Become familiar with the practicalities of performing an ultrasound-guided SAPB including local anaesthetic dose and monitoring.


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