Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blockade Course (Micro-credential)

This micro-credential focuses on the use of ultrasound for procedures. The practical sessions involve acquiring skill and confidence in guiding a needle using ultrasound. The anatomy of key nerve blocks will be covered, including fascia-iliaca block, femoral nerve block, serratus anterior block and nerve blockade for distal radial fractures.

Registration will be through Canterbury Christ Church University.

Next dates: to be confirmed

NB: You can only enrol on 2 micro-credentials at a time

Fee: £450

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What does the Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blockade course cover?

  • Medico-legal aspects – outlining the responsibility to practise within specific levels of competence and the requirements for training
  • The value and role of departmental protocols
  • Indications for examinations
  • Patient information and preparation
  • Relevance of ultrasound to other imaging modalities
  • Informed consent
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant pharmacology
  • Understanding of image acquisition and optimisation in relation to PoCUS applications of nerve blockade
  • Scanning techniques, including the use of colour Doppler and methods of needle guidance for fascia iliaca block, femoral nerve block and serratus anterior block
  • Understanding of normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances relevant to PoCUS for nerve blocks
  • Principles of ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Reporting the ultrasound scan and the outcome of the procedure
  • The influence of ultrasound results on the need for other imaging

How is the course taught?

Video materials will cover the knowledge content

Didactic teaching will alternate with practical sessions during the face-to-face sessions, covering the material listed above.

Practical sessions will use a range of ultrasound systems to develop scanning skills working with normal volunteers. Simulators, which allow a range of abnormalities to be examined, will be used to develop skills in imaging and identifying abnormalities.

Who will be teaching the course?

The course will be taught by experienced faculty with many years of both point-of-care ultrasound use in clinical practice and in the teaching of the relevant skills.

How will the skills of Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blockade be assessed?

The award of the micro-credential will require successful completion of both written and practical assessments.

The knowledge content will be assessed through a multiple-choice examination using still images where appropriate.

Practical skills will be assessed through obtaining optimal images on normal subjects and through obtaining optimal images of simulated pathology on simulators.

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