Different Learning Curves for Axillary Brachial Plexus Block: Ultrasound Guidance versus Nerve Stimulation

Luyet, Cédric; Schüpfer, G.; Wipfli, Marius; Greif, Robert; Luginbühl, Martin; Eichenberger, Urs (2010). Different Learning Curves for Axillary Brachial Plexus Block: Ultrasound Guidance versus Nerve Stimulation. Anesthesiology research and practice, 2010, p. 309462. Cairo (Egypt): Hindawi Publishing Corporation 10.1155/2010/309462

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Little is known about the learning of the skills needed to perform ultrasound- or nerve stimulator-guided peripheral nerve blocks. The aim of this study was to compare the learning curves of residents trained in ultrasound guidance versus residents trained in nerve stimulation for axillary brachial plexus block. Ten residents with no previous experience with using ultrasound received ultrasound training and another ten residents with no previous experience with using nerve stimulation received nerve stimulation training. The novices' learning curves were generated by retrospective data analysis out of our electronic anaesthesia database. Individual success rates were pooled, and the institutional learning curve was calculated using a bootstrapping technique in combination with a Monte Carlo simulation procedure. The skills required to perform successful ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block can be learnt faster and lead to a higher final success rate compared to nerve stimulator-guided axillary brachial plexus block.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy

UniBE Contributor:

Luyet, Cédric; Wipfli, Marius; Greif, Robert; Luginbühl, Martin and Eichenberger, Urs

ISSN:

1687-6962

Publisher:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannie Wurz

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:19

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2018 12:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2010/309462

PubMed ID:

21318138

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.6085

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/6085 (FactScience: 210980)

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