The ‘Right’ Way

January 23, 2012
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WELL, THAT’S NEW TO ME…      I have come in contact at more than one practice lately with an application for a block that I would not have thought reasonable before now. It is the use of a popliteal sciatic nerve block (as a single injection) for posterior knee pain for total knee arthroplasty. I.. read more →

Rescue Blocks

January 9, 2012
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NERVE BLOCK TO THE ‘RESCUE’      You’ve prepared for a new block, you have an agreeable surgeon, and you have a great application for it with the very reasonably-sized patient in front of you in the holding area….but you’re not sure that the first (or one of your first) attempt will be ‘quick and slick’... read more →

Get A Grip

January 2, 2012
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     One of the most common errors I see people commit as they begin using ultrasound is …   REGISTER for FREE to become a SUBSCRIBER or LOGIN HERE to see the full article!     read more →

Use a Bigger Needle

December 25, 2011
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BIGGER NEEDLES      Many people lean toward smaller needles for single injection nerve blocks. I will usually use 21 or 22 gauge needles for an ultrasound-guided block if it is a single injection block that is superficial. There are advantages to using a heavier 17 to 19 gauge needles in other circumstances though. …  .. read more →