Upper Limb Block Anesthesia

Overview

4.6 out of 5 (24 Reviews)

Credits

1.00

Post Assessment Questions

5

Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

Regional anesthesia using upper extremity peripheral nerve blocks can complement general anesthesia and is effective as surgical and postoperative analgesia. Using nerve blocks to target the brachial plexus reduces intraoperative and postoperative opioid requirements and decreases opioid-related adverse effects like respiratory depression, oversedation, and nausea and vomiting. Ultrasound guidance has become the standard of care when performing the interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, and axillary blocks. This multimodal pain management has also been shown to increase both patient and surgeon satisfaction. This activity reviews the techniques of upper limb regional anesthesia, its indications, contraindications, and complications. The activity also highlights the role of the interprofessional team in ensuring the safe delivery of the analgesic agent and improving outcomes in patients undergoing procedures of the upper limb.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Apply the anatomy of the brachial plexus to the techniques of upper extremity regional anesthesia.
  • Implement best practices when performing the interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, and axillary nerve blocks.
  • Report the contraindications and complications of the 4 discussed upper limb anesthetic procedures.
  • Apply interprofessional team strategies for improving the care of patients receiving upper extremity regional anesthesia.

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