Lower Extremity Block

Faculty: Kaili Dilts, MD

Accomplished Anesthesiologist at Stamford Anesthesiology Services:

  • Cornell Medical College Graduate
  • Residency at Stamford Hospital in Anesthesiology
  • 13 years experience

Activity Overview: 

This activity describes a detailed description and illustration of the use of ultrasound-guided lower extremity nerve blocks, which can result in improved patient care by decreasing the need for narcotics, decreasing length of stay, improving patient satisfaction, and decreasing costs of care.  Also addressed are its benefits, indications, contraindications, and strategies for integration of these techniques into practice as clinically appropriate.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the use of lower extremity nerve blocks in narcotic sparing anesthesia and analgesia for lower extremity surgeries
  • Recognize the sonoanatomy of the relevant structure for placing the nerve block
  • Identify the indications, contraindications, and potential complications of lower extremity blocks
  • Provide strategies for gaining skill in the integration of lower extremity nerve blocks into clinical practice.

Activity release date: 06/01/2019

Expiration Date: 06/01/2021

Estimated Time to Complete: 1.0 Hour(s)

Target Audience:
This activity is intended for anesthesiologists and other specialists who provide direct patient care.


Relevant Financial Disclosures:
Kaili Dilts, MD (Faculty)

No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose

Theresa Bowling, MD (Author)

Consulting Fee; Sonosite/Fujifilms

Kimberly Archuleta (Medical Academy Planner)

No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose

Brian McAlary, MD (Reviewer)

No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose

Contact Information:
For questions regarding the content or access to this activity, contact Kimberly Archuleta/ kimberly@medicalacademy.com

Instructions for Participation:

Participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted above.

Follow these steps:

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives and faculty/planner/reviewer financial disclosures provided above.
  2. View the video and other required educational content provided on this course page, including a self-reflective quiz for promoting retention of knowledge.
  3. After completion of the viewing of the video and other materials, you will be provided access to the Activity Evaluation. We request you complete the Activity Evaluation to provide necessary feedback for continuing accreditation purposes and for development of future activities.
  4. Additional optional articles on this topic are included for your review.