Regional anesthesia, particularly peripheral nerve block for surgical anesthesia and postoperative analgesia, is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the growing accessibility of ultrasound equipment for image guidance. The use of ultrasound guidance offers the advantage of performing blocks with direct visualization of all involved anatomical structures. This wonderful new capability has, in turn, created the challenge of learning and perfecting these techniques.
The USRA Skills Course enables you to optimize and interpret the ultrasound machine's information and to apply it to real-world clinical procedures. You will spend more than half the course time in hands-on workshops under the direction of our expert faculty.
After attending the course you will:
Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging
Define the common steps in performing an ultrasound-guided nerve block
Understand the basics of ultrasound- guided continuous perineural catheters, including indications and proper technique
Integrate ultrasound-guided nerve blocks into your clinical practice
Understand the important role of an ambulatory catheter program, including the risks and benefits, and the key steps involved in organization
Achieve improved patient outcomes through the successful adoption of regional anesthesia practice
This educational activity is offered to anesthesiologists, pain management specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and others interested in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.
The Institute for Advanced Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Institute for Advanced Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance showing Category 1 credits earned in the course. Many attendees will find this useful for submission to credentialing boards, managed care organizations and accreditation bodies.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) may submit their CME award through the Nonprior Approval Process to earn CE credits through the AANA.