February 17, 2020
Written by: Lori Green
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Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks performed in the emergency department is an extremely useful technique to address the challenging, yet important task of pain management. 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 the emergency department.
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. This technique can be utilized for fracture reduction and a variety of other procedures. Some injuries such as hip fracture result with improved analgesia, reduced opioid use, and improved morbidity and mortality when compare to IV analgesic use alone.
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 live, hands-on Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks in Emergency Medicine Training Course at its’ education facility located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The program is designed for Emergency Medicine Physicians seeking to integrate ultrasound guided nerve blocks for pain management, or procedural applications into their clinical practice. The Ultrasound Guided Emergency Medicine Nerve Blocks Course is taught by leading emergency medicine ultrasound experts that specialize in ultrasound guided nerve blocks and incorporates comprehensive lectures, interactive case presentations, and extensive hands-on scanning. The scanning sessions offer the industry lowest 3:1 faculty to participant hands-on ratio with both live models (anatomy) and inanimate phantoms (interventional techniques) to increase competence to immediately begin integrating the skills learned into clinical practice.??Combine the Emergency Medicine Nerve Block program with the Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access course 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.
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