Regional Anesthesia

Our goal at SAMBA is to provide our members with concise, up-to-date, and evidence-based information that can be of help with regional anesthesia education and clinical decision-making.

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.

  • Acute and Chronic Pain in the Ambulatory Setting

Perioperative Systemic and Chronic Pain Management

  • Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia
  • The Basics of Ultrasound

New to ultrasound? Check out these resources to help you get acquainted with the basics!
Ultrasound Basics
Ultrasound Quick Reference for Peripheral Nerve Blocks
Basic Blocks Image Bank (2018)

  • Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Blocks – What you need to know

 Brachial Plexus Blocks

  • Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Blocks – What you need to know

 Lower Extremity Blocks

  • Common (and not-so-common) Troubleshooting Issues

What do you do when a patient calls back complaining of a leaking nerve catheter? When do they need to come back for the surgical center for an in-person evaluation?

Fear not, the following tip sheet may be of use:

Troubleshooting Nerve Catheters and Blocks

  • 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.

SAMBA Neuraxial Anticoagulant Guideline 2018

As a member, you will have access to concise information on:

Acute and Chronic Pain in the Ambulatory Setting

Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia

Image Bank for peripheral nerve blocks

Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA

Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA is a professor of anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He has served in the Department of General Anesthesiology as a Staff Anesthesiologist since 2001. Currently he leads Anesthesia Services for Bronchoscopic Surgery as a NORA service and is the Director of the Center for Sedation implementing the anesthesiology oversight for procedural sedation. He frequently performs the Therapeutic Whole Lung Lavage procedure to treat pulmonary alveolar proteinosis patients.

Dr. Abdelmalak is board-certified in Anesthesiology and fellowship trained in Critical Care medicine. His many clinical interests include anesthesia for ENT and bronchoscopic surgery, difficult airway management.

He served the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists as its president in 2015 and currently serves the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as the Vice-chair of the educational track subcommittee on Ambulatory Anesthesia, the Society for Head and Neck Anesthesia (SHANA), as a founding member, and its president

At the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) he served in many roles and capacities; as a member of the committees on the Annual meeting, NORA, and Finance, and chair of the Development committee for the past 7 years leading SAMBA’s relationships with corporate sponsors, and pharmaceutical and industrial supporters. He then served on the Board of Directors, as a director, Vice President, President –elect, and now as its President.

He is also a part of the Anesthesiology Outcomes Research Department. His research interest is focused on the study of perioperative glycemic management, and he has been the primary investigator of many research projects investigating this and other topics.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of America’s Top Anesthesiologists according to the Consumers’ Research Council of America and Safety Champion by the Cleveland Clinic Quality Institute. A frequently invited lecturer at national and international conferences, Dr. Abdelmalak authored many scientific articles and book chapters in his field, and recently co-edited two textbooks titled Anesthesia for Otolaryngologic Surgery and Clinical Airway Management; An Illustrated Case Based Approach by Cambridge University Press.  He continues to be heavily involved with the education and training of medical students and residents and recently received the Scholarship in Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University.