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119212 - Nerve Blocks Ultrasound

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Face to face
13 hours


This two-day course is designed for anaesthetists and general clinicians interested in developing their skills in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia. There will be a team of experts in the field introducing nerve scanning techniques and presenting a range of upper, lower, core and trunk blocks. During this course you will be able to: 
-identify the ultrasound appearance of nerves and relational anatomical landmarks for specific upper, lower, trunk and core blocks, 
-optimise the ultrasound machine to enhance visualisation of the anatomical regions, 
-apply ultrasound protocols to correctly locate blocks and 
-knowledge to avoid nerve injury and 
-troubleshoot complications associated with nerve injury.

Relevance to General Practice

Portable ultrasound machine is used to guide core-trunk and peripheral nerve blocks. Ultrasound allows assessment of nerves, nearby structures, and the needle to increase block efficacy and minimize complications. Procedural general clinicians, emergency physicians and anesthetics have more and more been applying real-time ultrasound guided in their practice to improve safety whilst performing nerve blocks. This workshop will discuss the basic principles of ultrasound imaging, the equipment used, and techniques for ultrasound guidance for peripheral nerve block. 

1Lin E, Choi J, Hadzic A. Peripheral nerve blocks for outpatient surgery: evidence-based indications. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol 2013; 26:467. 
2Soong J, Schafhalter-Zoppoth I, Gray AT. The importance of transducer angle to ultrasound visibility of the femoral nerve. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2005; 30:505. 
3Szabo TL, Lewin PA. Ultrasound transducer selection in clinical imaging practice. J Ultrasound Med 2013; 32:573.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound
  • Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal soft tissue required to answer common clinical questions
  • Perform soft tissue scanning (nerves) and nerve blocks techniques
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    119212 - Nerve Blocks Ultrasound
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    13 hours
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    13 hours