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Course Overview


Learner Objectives

  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit

    • Understand how cases are evaluated by the other side

    • Understand why it matters to you

    • Discuss methods of lawsuit prevention

    • Know what to do in the course of defending yourself


  • Anesthesia for Cancer Related Surgery

    • What’s the CRNAs Responsibility?

    • Discuss particular anesthetics and anesthetic adjuncts that may enhance the probability of breast tumor metastasis

    • Recall environmental factors that may play a role in the metastasis of primary tumors

    • Demonstrate understanding regarding potential implications that future prospective double-blinded studies may have on type of anesthesia


  • There is a Fracture

    • List three patient populations in which regional anesthesia may be contraindicated

    • Identify two clinical findings found in patients who have developed acute compartment syndrome

    • Define “Double Crush Syndrome”

    • Summarize neural injuries associated with “high-risk” fractures


  • Acute Pain Service Construction

    • Define an acute pain service (APS)

    • Discuss the benefits of an APS

    • List the major stakeholders of an APS

    • Summarize the roles of each department of which an APS consists

    • Explain how best to educate the departments with an APS

  • Lower Extremity Blocks:  A Perioperative Pain Management Perspective

    • Discuss the perioperative pain management approach for a Total Knee Arthroplasty

    • Discuss the perioperative pain management approach for a Hip Fracture
      Be able to identify the anatomy associated with USGRA lower extremity nerve blocks (Abductor, iPack, and Fascia Iliaca)

  • Current Trends in Multimodal Anesthesia

    • Discuss those components of multimodal analgesia that have been proven to be highly efficacious

    • Recall the four Multimodal Targets

    • Demonstrate understanding of how Multimodal agents are to be utilized perioperatively


  • Preventing Neural Injury

    • Describe mechanisms of neural injury

    • Describe available technology that may prevent neural injury

    • Define regional anesthesia practices that improve patient success and decrease the probability of morbidity


  • Scanning Basics

    • Discuss the physics and principles of sound

    • Review Sound Tissue Interaction

    • Relate scanning techniques to image optimization

    • Describe common artifacts and complications


  • Ultrasound Guided Truncal Blocks:  A Perioperative Pain Management Perspective

    • Understand the implications of uncontrolled acute postsurgical pain

    • Discuss the opioid epidemic and understand the role of the CRNA in preventing new chronic opioid use disorders

    • Discuss the perioperative pain management approach for a breast cancer surgery patient

    • Discuss the perioperative pain management approach for a colorectal cancer surgery patient


  • USGRA Upper Extremity

    • Describe the anatomy brachial plexus

    • Compare techniques for providing conduction blockade of brachial plexus

    • Identify complications of brachial plexus blocks

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