Lower Extremity Blocks

Faculty:
Kaili Dilts, MD
Accomplished Anesthesiologist at Stamford Anesthesiology Services

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

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

Relevant Financial Disclosures:
The following faculty, planners, and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.
Kaili Dilts, MD (Faculty)
Kimberly Archuleta (Medical Academy Planner)
Brian McAlary, MD (Reviewer)
Consulting Fee; Sonosite/Fujifilms
Theresa E. Bowling, M.D. (author)

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 the necessary feedback for continuing accreditation purposes and for the development of future activities.
4. Additional optional articles on this topic are included for your review. ***NOTE Please fill out the Post Activity Evaluation after the last lesson is required to receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Total Credits Earned For All Courses: 0

Total Credits Earned For This Course: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Disclaimer:
This course is not offering any medical advice.

Medical Academy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Medical Academy designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.