Pick a body part. Pick a skin surface. Pick a block.

The Nerve Block App makes regional anaesthesia easier on the go.

With POCUS use now an integral part of Emergency Medicine training, many practitioners have developed a core skillset in performing ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks. Most of us will have started with the femoral nerve block and fascia iliaca compartment block, however these skills can be quickly translated to other regional blocks with appropriate education.

Tom Fadial, Emergency Physician and author of multiple awesome resources including the Fractures App, Suture app, ECG Stampede and Gistalt….has created a free, shop floor accessible resource for determining the most appropriate block for individual anatomical sites.

Nerve Block: The user-friendly layout allows quick access on the shop floor

The user-friendly platform highlights the critical steps and equipment required for a variety of nerve blocks. It serves as a rapid reminder even for the more seasoned nerve-blockers on the go.

There are also quick references for local anaesthetic dosing and safety guidelines.

Nerve Block: Position, anatomical landmarks and technique are outlined for each block

The application teams up with Highland EM Ultrasound and POCUS Atlas to provide annotated image guides and basic videos, as well as links to more detailed educational resources for those wanting to learn these blocks for the first time.

Peripheral nerve blocks preclude the need for procedural sedation and provide adequate anaesthesia during painful procedures. This technique can be performed in the emergency department with the aid of ultrasound imaging to identify the target nerve

Bhoi et al, 2010

Best of all, it’s #FOAMed and FREE

Further reading
More Medical education resources by Tom Fadial
  • ddxof: compilation of cases based on real patients, each inspiring an algorithm for the evaluation and management of their chief complaint or diagnosis
  • Fractures App: free bedside app for fractures and splints
  • ECG Stampede: curriculum for ECG interpretation and triage
  • Gistalt: emergency medicine game where you decide ‘sick’ or ‘not-sick’.
  • Nerve block app: free, bedside app for nerve blocks
  • Suture app: free, bedside app for laceration repairs.


POCUS, eFAST and basic principles

MBBS (UWA) CCPU (RCE, Biliary, DVT, E-FAST, AAA) Adult/Paediatric Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee in Melbourne, Australia. Special interests in diagnostic and procedural ultrasound, medical education, and ECG interpretation. Editor-in-chief of the LITFL ECG Library. Twitter: @rob_buttner

MBChB, FRCEM, PGCert (Public Health), PGDip (Medical Ultrasound), CCPU. UK Emergency & Intensive Care Registrar, ex-Melbourne. Fuelled by coffee and ultrasonic frequencies. @NishCherian


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