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Meeting Highlights from American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) 2017

Meeting Information

April 6-8, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine met in San Francisco in April. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned expert, the ASRA meeting had something for everyone.

The meeting included new advances in point of care ultrasound (PoCUS), patient-controlled analgesia, studies of optimal nerve blocks, how to reduce the need for postoperative opioids, and more.

On the scene highlights included:

  • Practice Management Portfolio (PMP) and Certificate of Attendance: How to manage your practice or establish a new acute pain service while maximizing reimbursement. Highly interactive sessions customized to your clinical scenario.
  • High-Fidelity Simulation Workshop for Thoracic Epidurals, Thoracic Paravertebral Blocks, and Intercostal Blocks
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): Clinical pathway sessions for major joint surgery focused on the concept of ERAS in the new perioperative home setting. Sessions centered on the acute pain physician and their integral role of this new medical care model.
  • Comprehensive Workshops: In-depth, clinically-focused workshops with low attendee-to-faculty ratios covering a variety of peripheral blocks for the upper and lower extremities as well as truncal procedures.
  • More Workshops on New and Advanced Blocks:PECs and serratus plane blocks, iPACK blocks, transverse oblique lumbar plexus and quadratum lumbarum blocks, and brachial plexus anatomy.

From this Meeting:

A patient on chronic opioid therapy, who stopped therapy 4 months before surgery, experienced severe postoperative hyperalgesia. Learn how the anesthesiology team handled his care.
Local infiltration of liposomal bupivacaine may be an effective treatment for postoperative pain relieve in patients undergoing total knee replacement, but further research is needed to determine how high serum concentrations reach.
Study compares 3 different nerve blocks to determine which produces the best pain control with the least side effects in patients recovery from rotator cuff surgery.
Transversus abdominus plane block was successfully used to diagnosis and treat a nerve entrapment causing abdominal wall pain in a 73-year-old women.
Pregnant women suffering from low back pain may benefit from ultrasound-guided injection. New case report describes it effectiveness.
For experienced patients, intrathecal patient-controlled analgesia may provide superior pain control than IV analgesia following surgery.
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