February 24, 2020

Best Training for Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia

Written by: Lori Green BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

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Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia is an extremely useful technique to utilize for surgical and pain management purposes. There are numerous reports in the medical literature that support the use of ultrasound guided nerve blocks as a safe and effective alternative to systemic analgesics to manage pain. In addition, clinical studies suggest that US guidance has many advantages over more traditional nerve stimulation techniques.

The ability to visualize the anatomy, needle tip, and the flow of anesthetic around the nerve are important factors associated with performing a successful nerve block. In addition, the ability to visualize the needle to ensure it doesn’t touch other structures such as an artery or the lung is very beneficial for improved patient safety and satisfaction.

Ultrasound guided nerve blocks can be performed quickly by a clinician with ultrasound experience. The key to integrating ultrasound guidance into clinical practice for nerve blocks, ultrasound-guided vascular access or other procedures is to obtain hands-on skills training with leading experts. The ability to learn appropriate scanning skills, system optimization, and identify ultrasound characteristics of the nerves and surrounding structures in a hands-on skills training setting are all important factors to utilizing ultrasound guidance. Visualization of the needle tip using a variety of approaches based on patient body habitus and desired target region of interest is critical to successful integration into clinical practice. Where can you get the best ultrasound education in order to immediately begin integrating this useful technique into clinical practice? Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute offers a blended-education hands-on Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks in Emergency Medicine Training Course at its’ education facility located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Blended Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Course is designed for physicians and other medical professionals seeking to integrate ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques for surgery, and pain management into their clinical practice. The Blended Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Training Course is taught by leading regional anesthesia ultrasound experts that incorporate comprehensive online lectures and interactive case presentations in a fifteen (15) month access online course featuring a (1/2) Half Day (4 Hours) of our industry leading 3:1 faculty to participant hands-on scan ratio workshop with both live models (anatomy) and inanimate phantoms (interventional techniques) at our facility in St. Petersburg, FL. The blended ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia course is specifically designed for physicians, sonographers and other medical professionals who need ultrasound guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) training in a surgical and/or pain management setting. Topics are based on ASRA ultrasound practice guidelines and includes upper and lower extremity blocks, TAP, PECC1, PECC2 blocks and more (see topics section)! Consider combining the Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia program with the 1-day blended Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access course for the most comprehensive ultrasound guided procedural program. The ultrasound guided vascular access program includes central and peripheral line placement. The combined programs provide a tuition discount and cost-savings in travel expenses. Combine the Blended Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia course with the Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access program that includes central and peripheral line placement for the most comprehensive procedural skills training. The combined programs offer a tuition discount and cost-savings in travel expenses.

Don’t miss out on the next program offered April 3, 2020. Visit the GCUS website for complete details and a listing of other Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Block programs throughout the year.

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc. is the leading ultrasound education provider offering hands-on skills training to over 150,000 medical professionals since 1985.

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Lori Green BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Lori is the President and Program Director of Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.

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