The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy joint committee recommendations for education and training in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia

Brian D Sites, Vincent W Chan, Joseph M Neal, Robert Weller, Thomas Grau, Giorgio Ivani, Zbigniew Jerzy Koscielniak-Nielsen

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Abstract

Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) is a growing area of both clinical and research interest. The following document contains the work produced by a joint committee from ASRA and the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy. This joint committee was established to recommend to members and institutions the scope of practice, the teaching curriculum, and the options for implementing the medical practice of UGRA.This document specifically defines the following:1. 10 common tasks used when performing an ultrasound-guided nerve block,2. The core competencies and skill sets associated with UGRA,3. A training practice pathway for postgraduate anesthesiologists, and4. A residency-based training pathway.In both the residency and postgraduate pathways, training, competency, and proficiency requirements include both didactic and experiential components. The Joint Committee recommends that the decision to grant UGRA privileges be based at the individual institution level. Each institution that conducts UGRA is encouraged to support a productive quality improvement process.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Volume35
Issue number2 Suppl
Pages (from-to)S74-80
Number of pages7
ISSN1098-7339
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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