Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia for the CRNA:
Cadaveric & Live-Model hands-on Workshop of Upper/Lower Extremity and Other Key Blocks

MArch 25-26, 2017

San Antonio, Texas

REGISTER AGENDA

Accreditation

Intended Audience

This course is designed for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs).  It is designed for both the beginner and more experienced providers in Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia that want to expand their knowledge and incorporate a variety of nerve blocks into their practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the basics principles of ultrasound technology.
  • Discuss key terminology and relate it to ultrasound principles
  • Relate principles of ultrasound to the administration of peripheral nerve blocks
  • Discuss key elements regarding probe manipulation and needle guidance
  • Identify ultrasound imaging for upper extremity blocks
  • Recognize the different upper extremity anatomic regions utilizing ultrasonography
  • Demonstrate accurate placement of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks of the upper extremities.
  • Identify different anatomic regions of the upper extremity as viewed by ultrasound and translate that knowledge into the placement of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks of the upper extremities
  • Recognize the different lower extremity anatomic regions utilizing ultrasonography
  • Demonstrate accurate placement of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks of the lower extremities
  • Identify different anatomic regions of the lower extremity as viewed by ultrasound and translate that knowledge into the placement of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks of the lower extremities
  • Describe and discuss the ultrasound anatomy for the administration of the following blocks:
    • Transversus Abdominis Plane
    • Rectus Sheath
    • Paravertebral
    • Lumbar Plexus
  • Identify different anatomic regions for key somatic blocks of the trunk viewed by ultrasound and translate that knowledge into the placement of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks of the these blocks.
  • Identify anatomical structures viewed by ultrasound and translate that knowledge into the utilization of ultrasound guidance to assist in the placement of neuraxial anesthesia.
  • Utilize the adjuncts, potential complications and management of the regional anesthesia and acute pain management.
  • Apply the tips for success in Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia.

Statement of Need

The use of ultrasound guidance has quickly become the preferred mode of administering peripheral nerve blocks (PNB) in the majority of institutions.  Its popularity as the preferred method is growing to the extent that providers who are not adept in using ultrasound to administer PNB, may be excluded from opportunities to administer PNB; being able to actually visualize nerve targets increases provider confidence and leads to more reliable PNB.  As ultrasound guidance for PNB administration is relatively new, the majority of currently practicing anesthesia providers, both CRNAs and anesthesiologists, are not trained in its use.  Anesthesia providers who have been practicing for a number of years typically were trained in the use of nerve stimulators and paresthesia techniques to locate target nerves. With the increased use and availability of ultrasound machines, many more regional anesthesia techniques are utilized and newer techniques are being incorporated.  Seminars and workshops that can provide quality, formal training laying both a foundation for the novice and advancing the skills of more experienced providers are important in the current climate and can bridge the educational gap.

Method of Participation

The didactic sessions will consist of lectures enhanced by slide presentations with demonstration on a live model during the lecture.  For the hands-on sessions, the class will be divided into smaller groups for more individual instruction on live-models.  A pre and post self-assessment will be administered.

Accreditation

Nurse Anesthetists

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 12.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1034177; Expiration Date 3/26/2017.

Dannemiller happily reports our users's earned AANA credits directly to the AANA at the beginning of every month.