The management of postoperative pain in the ambulatory surgical setting can be challenging. The use of regional anesthetic techniques, along with multimodal systemic analgesics and pain risk stratification, can be of significant benefit in postoperative analgesia.
Please keep in mind that responsibility for all regional anesthetic techniques and clinical decisions ultimately rests with the clinician.
Regarding regional anesthetic techniques, many members have found in-person training to be most beneficial. If you would like to practice hands-on scanning for “must-know” blocks, we encourage you to attend the ultrasound workshops at our annual SAMBA meeting.
Read more with our Regional Anesthesia education resources.
- Anticoagulants and Regional Anesthesia
For neuraxial techniques, deep plexus blocks, and peripheral nerve blocks at non-compressible sites, it is useful and necessary to be familiar with the most recent recommendations regarding anticoagulation. While SAMBA does not make recommendations regarding the performance of these regional anesthesia techniques in the presence of anticoagulant medications, the society encourages members to refer to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) and European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA) for the most recent recommendations and guidelines.