vanPOCUS: Ultrasound Guided Femoral Nerve Block

A guide for ultrasound guided femoral nerve blocks from Vancouver POCUS and Dr. Tommy Merth

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Dr Neil Long BMBS FACEM FRCEM FRCPC. Emergency Physician at Kelowna hospital, British Columbia. Loves the misery of alpine climbing and working in austere environments (namely tertiary trauma centres). Supporter of FOAMed, lifelong education and trying to find that elusive peak performance.


  1. Hi Neil & Colleagues. Many thanks and congrats for your fantastic site. One question open to all: Is there a good discussion comparing PENG Block Vs Femoral Block. Its seems easier to perform and as good in terms of analgesic value.
    I wait for your comments.

    • You are correct. I guess ease depends on what you train for. Personally I do the fascia Iliaca block but then that’s what I trained to do and I can fluid dissect into the right space in the elderly who have less obvious planes of tissue. So it probably just comes down to what you do the most. Other factors would include what your orthopaedic group would prefer i.e. the PENG saves the motor branches. I hope that helps.

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