Block Buddy Co-Owner Receives Anesthesia Award

Block Buddy co-owner Scott Urigel was honored with the 2019 Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award. “It was an honor and privilege to be the recipient of this award.” Scott Urigel said. “Educating anesthesia providers and students through conferences, clinical rotations, and the Block Buddy Pro application has afforded me the opportunity to positively impact patient care and outcomes.”

The Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award was established in 1986 to recognize accomplishments of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who are involved in direct patient care. The recipient of the award is honored as a person who has made an important contribution to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice.

A CRNA for nearly 20 years, Scott Urigel’s innovative style of clinical practice has led him to become an anesthesia business owner who employs both CRNAs and anesthesiologists. Through his business, he developed the Block Buddy Pro app and hosts educational conferences throughout the country, providing classroom and hands-on instruction for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia nationwide.

Block Buddy Pro

Block Buddy Pro is an interactive app focused on providing ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block and Point of Care Ultrasound education to anesthesia providers. The app offers lessons, videos, and a non-opioid medication guide to help anesthesia providers keep their skills sharp and provide the best care possible for their patients.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) was founded in 1931 in Park Ridge, Illinois. It is a professional organization representing nearly 53,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 45 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America.