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