A Low-Fidelity, High-Functionality Ultrasound-Guided Serratus Plane Block Model

Thoracic injuries present many challenges for management in the acute and inpatient settings, including achieving appropriate pain control. Traditional modalities, such as opioids and spinal epidural anesthesia, are associated with multiple complications. Ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks are becoming more prevalent, and they have been shown to be an effective modality of pain control for other traumatic injuries. Models comprised of animal tissue to simulate human anatomy are widely utilized to facilitate training of needle-guided procedures, but no such model for the serratus anterior plane block has yet been defined in the literature.
Source: The Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine Source Type: research

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Cesarean section (CS) is one of the most common surgical procedures and postoperative pain control is an important aspect of postoperative management.1 Generally, spinal anesthesia is performed for the peri-operative management of CS. Spinal anesthesia with opioids has gained popularity for postoperative pain relief because it reportedly results in improved analgesia, and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks have also been performed as part of multimodal analgesia after CS.2
Source: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe erector spinae plane (ESP) block is an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique that has enjoyed unprecedented popularity since its description in 2016. This review summarizes the applied anatomy, technical performance, and clinical application of the ESP block.Recent FindingsDissection and imaging studies indicate that paravertebral local anesthetic spread is a primary mechanism of action of the ESP block. A large volume of case report literature supports its efficacy in myriad clinical settings, including thoracic surgery, thoracic trauma, cardiac surgery, abdominal surgery, spine surg...
Source: Current Anesthesiology Reports - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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Source: Paediatric Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Paediatr Anaesth Source Type: research
This article aimed to clarify the function and anatomy of the fascia, explain the uses and limitations of the interfascial plane blocks and clarify their role in a contemporary clinical context.
Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Anesthesia and Analgesia: Postoperative Analgesia Source Type: research
The objective of this study is to compare the analgesic efficacy of both the techniques. Materials and Methods: Eighty patients in the ASA I-II risk group, undergone an elective C-section, were randomly assigned to the study. In the TAP group, before the C-section, a single-dose spinal anaesthesia was performed by administering 3 ml of 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine to the patients when they were in the sitting position. After the C-section, an ultrasound-guided bilateral TAP block was performed in these patients in the recovery room for postoperative analgesia. In the single-dose EPI group, the patients received ...
Source: Pain Research and Management - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pain Res Manag Source Type: research
Neeeraj Kumar Chaudhary, Swati SinghIndian Journal of Anaesthesia 2018 62(8):638-639
Source: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions Ultrasound is a useful tool to monitor the formation of ice ball during a cryoneurolysis freezing cycle. Power Doppler appears as the only option to monitor the ice ball with low-frequency transducers. This novel finding may be useful in cases of lumbar medial branch cryoneurolysis, an application we plan to assess in a future pilot prospective study.
Source: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Chronic and Interventional Pain: Brief Technical Report Source Type: research
As a shadowing medical student in family medicine clinics in Toronto, I’d seen patients with chronic pain of a neurogenic origin and always felt heartbroken. I’d looked on in helplessness as we consoled the patients and offered them physi...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Anesthesiology Exclusive Pain Management Rehab Source Type: blogs
Performing epidural and spinal anesthesia requires a good deal of training and being able to sense when the needle reaches the desired location. This is certainly not foolproof and some patients are harder to work with than others. One issue is that ...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Anesthesiology Neurology Pain Management Source Type: blogs
Ultrasound-guided interfascial plane blocks are a recent development in modern regional anesthesia research and practice and represent a new route of transmission for local anesthetic to various anatomic locations, but much more research is warranted. Before becoming overtaken with enthusiasm for these new techniques, a deeper understanding of fascial tissue anatomy and structure, as well as precise targets for needle placement, is required. Many factors may influence the ultimate spread and quality of resulting interfascial plane blocks, and these must be understood in order to best integrate these techniques into contemp...
Source: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain: Daring Discourse Source Type: research
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