Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2018

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Mary Zerlan

Project Team Faculty Member

Andrew Griffin


FICB, fracture, regional anesthesia, peripheral block, pain, nurse anesthesia


Fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB) is a volume based block used to treat pain associated with hip fractures. An anesthesia group at a central Illinois hospital expressed interest in the creation of an evidenced-based protocol for FICB. After an extensive literature search an evidence-based protocol was designed. The initial implementation of the protocol was a presentation of an informational PowerPoint which discussed the aspects of the protocol presented to the anesthesia staff and the registered nursing staff who assist the anesthesia providers. The protocol was then evaluated with a Likert scale survey completed by the staff. The results from the survey were overwhelming positive about the FICB and the designed protocol. The facility plans to utilize the protocol for the treatment of acute pain experienced by patients with hip fractures in the emergency room once the hospital initiates an acute pain service. The FICB benefits hip fracture patients to decrease pain, increase patient satisfaction, and decrease narcotic requirements.

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