Basic Regional Anesthesia

The Basic Ultrasound Guided Nerve Block Course is a 1-day 100% focused hands-on workshop with the theory provided as interactive online e-learning prior to the workshop.
The basic level focus is exclusively on in-plane needle guidance and single shot nerve blocks for perioperative analgesia. 
The basic ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks comprise a selection of easily learned and safe nerve blocks permitting effective perioperative analgesia of the upper limb, the lower limb, and the abdominal wall.

Course objective

The objective is to provide the course participant with basic skills for anesthesiologists in order to alleviate perioperative pain related primarily to orthopedic surgery.

Pre-course e-learning

All theory is provided according to the unique USABCD interactive e-learning concept including pre-test, learning modules and post-test.
 All e-learning modules must be completed prior to the workshop.

The 1-day workshop
The 1-day workshop comprises five workstations that are conducted with just 4 participants per session:

Interscalene brachial plexus block for shoulder procedures
Infraclavicular brachial plexus block for upper limb procedures distal to the shoulder
Femoral & saphenous nerve blocks for procedures of the anterior thigh, knee, and medial leg
Popliteal/subgluteal sciatic nerve blocks for procedures of the posterior thigh, leg, ankle and foot
TAP block for procedures of the abdominal wall

Sample programme:

08.00 – 09.45     Brachial plexus blocks

                           Interscalene – supraclavicular – infraclavicular – axillary

09.45 – 09.55     Coffee break

09.55 – 10.55     Femoral & saphenous nerve blocks

10.55 – 11.00     Break

11.00 – 12.45     Popliteal sciatic block

                           Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) block

                           Ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric nerve block

                           Intercostal nerve block

12.45 – 13.30     Certification

Pre-course qualification
No prior experience is required.

Who can attend?

The target groups are anesthesiologists, and emergency and intensive care physicians.


A certificate is issued after completion of the e-learning and the workshop.

Approvals - Endorsements 

The course is accredited 7 CPD (Continuing Professional Development ) points by The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

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