1741 – Continuous nerve blockade using a catheter technique

Page last updated: 17 October 2023

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Blocking of pain after surgery through the release of local anaesthetics next to the nerves that are responsible for transmitting pain impulses to the brain. It is similar to a major nerve block, but with the addition of a catheter in close proximity to the relevant nerves (often within the nerve sheath).

Description of Medical Condition

The procedure applies to multiple surgical procedures associated with high levels of post-operative pain, such as hip, knee and shoulder joint arthroplasty; reconstructive upper and lower limb surgery, ambulatory surgery; major breast or thoracic surgery, trauma such as rib fractures and femoral fracture; and as an alternative to epidural analgesia for open abdominal procedures.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic technology

Previous Application Number/s

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Summary and PICO Set

Application Summary (PDF 505 KB)
Application Summary (Word 35 KB)

Application PICO Set (PDF 809 KB)
Application PICO Set (Word 153 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 654 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 27 KB)

PASC Consultation
PASC consultation closed

MSAC Consultation
MSAC consultation input must be received by no later than Friday, 16 February 2024 for it to be considered by MSAC at its April 2024 meeting.

For further information please refer to PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates
For further information on the consultation process please refer to MSAC Consultation Process

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 2051 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 702 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


13–14 April 2023


15-16 February 2024


4-5 April 2024