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.
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.
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 nerveBhoi et al, 2010
Best of all, it’s #FOAMed and FREE
- Highland EM Ultrasound
- The POCUS Atlas
- Bhoi S, Chandra A, Galwankar S. Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in the emergency department. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2010 Jan;3(1):82-8.
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