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4 0 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A P R I L 2 0 1 4 Basics of Blocks Everything you need to place ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks. Basics of Blocks Dave Berkheimer, BSN, CRNA Altoona, Pa. CUTTING EDGE Ultrasound-guided blocks are considered state of the art. R egional anesthe- sia equip- ment has undergone a sig- nificant overhaul in the last decade. Transitioning from the stimulation era to the ultrasound era has left many practi- tioners behind. Many are stubbornly hold- ing onto the thought that stimulation tech- niques are just as safe and adequate as ultrasound-guided technology. But that's just simply not the case. In the hands of a trained practitioner, ultrasound technolo- gy allows for direct 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and even 4-dimensional visualization of the anatomical structure OSE_1404_part2_Layout 1 4/4/14 2:38 PM Page 40

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