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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which nerve block is best for my patient?
- Block Buddy Pro provides detailed descriptions and illustrations to help you select the best block for your patient.
What equipment and supplies do I need to perform an ultrasound guided nerve block?
- Block Buddy Pro provides a recommended list of supplies specific to each nerve block.
Does Block Buddy Pro provide specific recommendations for local anesthetic concentrations and dosages?
- No. The application provides suggested volumes of local anesthetics, but not dosages. Please consider patient’s body weight, medical history, drug allergies, and total local anesthetic volume when selecting the type and concentration of local anesthetic.
Do I have to use a nerve stimulator when performing an ultrasound guided nerve block?
- It is up to the discretion of each anesthesia provider and/or department policy. We strongly encourage the use of a nerve stimulator to help mitigate the risk of nerve injury.
How long will the nerve block last?
- This is variable, and is dependent on the patient, the type and dose of local anesthetic, the type of nerve block, and the use of additives in the local anesthetic. Nerve blocks can last from several hours up to 3 days.
What is the benefit of peripheral nerve blocks?
- Nerve blocks help to improve pain control, reduce opioid consumption (and opioid related side effects), improve patient satisfaction, and shorten hospital length of stay.
I’m wondering which local anesthetic is best to use for my patient. Can you help?
- Yes! The RX Directory on Block Buddy Pro is a comprehensive list of anesthetics and non-opioid analgesics, so you can compare and choose which is best for your patient.