EXPIRED: One Year Anniversary Flash Sale

 

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Block Buddy Pro is celebrating our one-year anniversary! We are beyond grateful for all the tremendous support we’ve received from the worldwide medical community these last 365 days. As working medical professionals, we launched Block Buddy Pro after noticing a lack of resources for continuing education for ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. So, we’re proud to see how the Block Buddy Pro app is helping healthcare providers worldwide. To celebrate, we are excited to offer new users 50% OFF their first year!

New users can use the promo code 1YEAR for 50% OFF yearly subscriptions for Block Buddy Pro, available now through July 17th, 2020. With an annual price of $49.50, it’s our cheapest price ever! Sign up here.

Learn Nerve Blocks with Block Buddy Pro

Block Buddy Pro is considered the ultimate resource for learning how to administer ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Testimonials, like this one we received recently, explain in a nutshell why we love what we’re doing:

“I had a young patient with a comminuted mid-clavicle fracture. It was the first time for me to perform a nerve block that covered the ENTIRE clavicle. I turned to the Block Buddy Pro app, along with 4 other USG (ultra-sound guided) websites I frequently use, for reference. YOUR app had the best logical description and videos regarding the intermediate cervical plexus block. I chose to use TWO separate insertion points when placing the nerve blocks rather than trying to catch the intermediate cervical plexus through the same needle insertion site as the interscalene block. The nerve blocks worked perfectly with the patient describing a zero-pain scale post-operatively. You guys ROCK. Thanks for your hard work to educate those of us wanting to improve our USG skills.” – CRNA

Benefits of Block Buddy Pro

New to Block Buddy Pro? The Block Buddy Pro app also offers over 31+ nerve blocks, point of care ultrasound (POCUS), ultrasound images, videos, anatomical illustrations, a non-opioid medication guide, and additional educational resources. Block Buddy Pro is simply the best educational resource for medical professionals keep their nerve block skills sharp and provide the best care possible for their patients. And, we continue to add new blocks and update current blocks to offer better clarity based on user feedback. Available for mobile, desktop, and tablet!

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WRAE
7/14/2020

End of Life for Original Block Buddy App

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Block Buddy is announcing the End of Life of its original Block Buddy app. The app has not been available for purchase in the App Store or Google Play Store since its End-Of-Sale on July 2019 and will reach End of Life on December 31st, 2020.

What Does End of Life mean?

December 31st, 2020 is the last day that the original Block Buddy app will receive service and support. After this date, the app will be discontinued, and users will no longer have access.

Why is the Original Block Buddy App Ending?

The Block Buddy team is committed to providing the highest level of quality and service to our subscribers. We feel that it is essential to end the original Block Buddy app so we can dedicate our full attention to our newer app Block Buddy Pro.

The founders of Block Buddy Pro are consistently adding new lessons, updating content, and providing user support for Block Buddy Pro. As practicing healthcare providers, they must invest their limited availability to focus on these responsibilities to meet the high standards of education and service that Block Buddy Pro users have come to expect. This way, we can ensure that Block Buddy Pro remains the best educational resource for administering ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

What Options are Available for Original Block Buddy App Subscribers?

Consider Block Buddy Pro a direct replacement for the original Block Buddy app. It includes all the information featured in the original app, along with many other lessons and additional benefits. We are offering a 25% discount from the original app to help Block Buddy users transition to Block Buddy Pro. Within the original app, users can select the 25% Off icon to be directed to the Block Buddy Pro store to purchase. The discount will be applied automatically during the checkout process. Limit one coupon per transaction.

Should you have any questions, please contact Block Buddy Support.

WRAE
6/22/2020

Global Response Management Partners with Block Buddy Pro

Block Buddy is proud to partner with Global Response Management to help assist their life-saving humanitarian work. With this new partnership, Global Response Management and Block Buddy will help victims in war-torn countries and other at-risk areas around the world.

The Innovative Block Buddy Pro App

As you may know, Block Buddy Pro is a mobile application that provides education for anesthesia providers about performing ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks and point of care ultrasound (POCUS). The app contains lessons with videos, detailed images, and descriptions, along with various other tools and resources. Block Buddy Pro can be purchased in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Global Response Management Offers Life-Saving Care

Global Response Management (GRM) is a medical nonprofit non-governmental organization (NGO)​ that provides emergency and trauma care in low-resource and high-risk areas​ across the globe. The Block Buddy Pro app will be utilized by GRM medics in the field when performing life-saving operations and procedures. Importantly, the app offers offline access that medics will use in areas with little to no WiFi access.

About the Creators of Block Buddy

The creators of Block Buddy, Scott Urigel and Jeff Molter are highly skilled and respected anesthesia providers who share a passion for providing their expertise and knowledge to areas around the world that may not have access to quality medical education. They love improving the lives of patients and the knowledge of their peers; that’s why they’ve chosen to partner with Global Response Management.

Both Scott and Jeff have received numerous awards and accolades for their service over the years. Most recently, Scott Urigel was honored with the Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinician Award at the 2019 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Conference. And Jeff Molter received the CRNA of the Year Award at the 2019 Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ (OSANA) Conference.

WRAE
3/23/2020

Host Customized Regional Anesthesia Conferences

Continue Education with Custom Conferences

Continuing education has never been more convenient! Block Buddy offers private workshops and conferences with award-winningworld-class instructors who can customize the conference agenda to meet your specific needs. A custom regional anesthesia conference from Block Buddy can explore how to safely and effectively perform ultrasound guided nerve blocks with classroom lectures and hands-on demonstrations. It is an opportunity for any CRNA, SRNA, or MD to brush up on old skills and learn new ones, resulting in increased confidence, clarity, and credibility in the operating room. Every university, state association, and private anesthesia group has a different interest or need, so Block Buddy will customize your regional anesthesia conference to fit your needs. We provide Conference Support and are happy to accommodate any group size anywhere in the United States. And yes, we even receive approval from the AANA for Class A Continuing Education CE credits.

What Does a Typical Regional Anesthesia Conference Look Like?

Our regional anesthesia conferences typically span from a single day to several days, based on whatever the group would prefer. For an idea of how to set up your conference, here is what a typical Block Buddy conference may look like:

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Example of a Private Regional Anesthesia Conference

Let’s recap a past regional anesthesia conference, so you can have a more detailed understanding of what you could expect. The Block Buddy team held a private conference at Henry Community Health to teach their staff about ultrasound-guided nerve block techniques. There was a great group of around two dozen CRNAs and SRNAs in attendance. The regional anesthesia conference began at 7:30AM with a detailed presentation about Infraclavicular Blocks, PECS, and Serratus Plane Blocks. Next, we did an hour-long Skills Lab to give the group an opportunity for some hands-on learning. Then at 9:30AM, we discussed TAP, Rectus Sheath, and Transversalis Fascia Blocks. And finally, we wrapped up the morning session with a lesson regarding the Erector Spinae Block.

After a lunch break, we engaged with the group again for an 1.5-hour long Skills Lab. Then, we presented the PENG Block, Adductor Canal Block, and Popliteal Sciatic Block. We concluded the evening with another Skills Lab to cover the final nerve blocks that we covered that day. Photos of the regional anesthesia conference are below. For FAQs about conference or to contact us for more information, visit our Conference Support page.

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WRAE
3/13/2020

SRNA Discount Program

Block Buddy Pro Student Discount Program

Hey CRNA Program Directors, have you heard about Block Buddy Pro’s student discount program? Block Buddy Pro is an app that serves as a useful resource that teaches you how to safely and effectively perform dozens of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. The app contains several block descriptions, instructional videos, hundreds of medical images, point of care ultrasound (POCUS), nerve plexuses, non-opioid medications, and local anesthetics.

Block Buddy Pro is full of excellent educational content and is very easy to use. The app can be accessed offline, giving users the opportunity to view content when an Internet connection is not available. You can even access the app on your phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. Add notes to improve your understanding of various regional anesthesia techniques, or log blocks you perform during your clinical rotations. The app will benefit a college or university’s CRNA Program by serving as an additional resource for students to learn important ultrasound-guided nerve block techniques.

Offers for CRNA Program Directors, Instructors, and Students

Program Directors and Instructors can try a FREE month subscription to see how the app will benefit their curriculum. Program Directors and Instructors, simply contact scott@myblockbuddy.com to get started.

Next, enroll your students in our 30% OFF discount program. Instructors or Program Directors must reach out to scott@myblockbuddy.com with the name of their program and total number of students in the program to which the discount will be given. Then, we will give you a custom coupon code and instructions for your students. Apply the discount to either a monthly or annual subscription. Remember, all communication must go through a Program Director or Instructor who will be responsible for all communication with students. We do not accept individual student requests.

To get started, click here!

WRAE
2/6/2020

How to Safely Dispose of Opioids and Pain Medication

Do you have old opioids or pain medications in your medicine cabinet that you no longer use? As many as 92 percent of people recovering from surgery stop taking their medications before the pills run out. Yet, only about one-quarter practice proper medication storage or opioid disposal. These drugs can be dangerous in the wrong hands, so you must know how to properly dispose of them. Learn how to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines by considering the following options.

Drug Take Back Programs

Safe drug disposal programs are the ideal method of opioid disposal. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors a bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in the spring and fall. These Take-Back Days are designed to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs while educating the public about the dangers of opioid abuse. When visiting a Drug Take-Back Program, don’t bring in any pill bottles that include personal information on them for security purposes. To find a Take-Back location near you, visit the Take Back Day website.

Drug Disposal Collection Sites

If you missed Drug Take-Back Day, there are several year-round drug drop-off locations where you can dispose of your prescription drugs anonymously at authorized collection sites. Sponsored by the DEA, find a nearby Controlled Substance Public Disposal Location on the DEA website. Or, learn about the American Medicine Chest Challenge for another opioid disposal option. Many pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS are also beginning to offer similar opioid disposal services.

Opioid Disposal at Home

When a Take-Back program or Drop-Off collection site isn’t available, there are two ways to dispose of medicine at home. The method is largely based on which type of medicine you’ll be disposing of. While home disposal is a safer alternative than keeping prescriptions unattended in your home, this practice may have a negative impact on the environment. But based on the available data of very low, but measurable levels of medications in rivers and streams, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that the known risk of harm to humans from accidental exposure to these medicines far outweighs any potential risk to the environment from flushing them.

Flushing Medicine

The flushing method is recommended for medication that can be dangerous to others. When prescription drugs are expired, unwanted, or unused, many of them include specific directions to flush down the toilet or sink when another disposal method is not available. To see if your medicine needs to be flushed, review the prescription label or patient information pamphlet. Or, review the FDA’s list of medicines recommended for disposal by flushing. Specifically, the highly addictive opioid fentanyl should be flushed down the toilet immediately, once no longer in use, to reduce the danger of an unintentional overdose.

Throwing Medicine in the Garbage

If you choose to dispose of your medication in the garbage, the FDA suggests taking the following steps:

  1. Mix the drugs with something undesirable, such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or cat litter. This makes the medicine less appealing to children and pets and unrecognizable to someone looking for drugs.
  2. Put the mixture in something you can close (a zipper storage bag, empty can, or other container) to prevent the drug from leaking or spilling out.
  3. Throw the container in the garbage.
  4. Remove your personal information from the empty medicine packaging to protect your identity and privacy.

Combat the Opioid Epidemic

You can do your part to address the ongoing opioid epidemic by properly disposing of our unused prescription medications. We’re proud to teach regional anesthesia techniques with our Block Buddy Pro app that help patients avoid strong, addictive pain medications. To learn more, click here to learn how regional nerve blocks are the non-opioid alternative for chronic pain relief, and click here to learn more about how you can reduce and avoid opioid abuse.

WRAE
1/13/2020

Give the Gift of Education

The Perfect Gift for a CRNA or Anesthesiologist

We all have certain friends or family members who are difficult to buy gifts for, regardless of the occasion. You’re not sure about their individual tastes or preferences, they already seem to have everything, or you’re simply indecisive when picking out gifts. Whatever the case may be, don’t worry; it happens to us all!

But for that special CRNA, anesthesiologist, or medical student in your life, an annual Block Buddy Pro subscription is a perfect gift for a birthday, graduation, or Christmas celebration. Instead of giving a gift that they may not like or will sell or return, give them the ultimate mobile resource to learn about the anesthesia nerve blocks that they’re studying and administering, so they have the most up-to-date knowledge from the classroom to the operating room. And if you’re not yet convinced, take a look at the benefits of a Block Buddy Pro subscription:

Stay Sharp

The gift of a Block Buddy Pro subscription will empower a student, CRNA, and anesthesiologist to learn new skills with stunning illustrations and videos. They will impress professors, patients, and professionals with the latest anesthesia knowledge. They can brush up on familiar techniques so they’re always ready to operate.

Unlimited Answers

Tap into Block Buddy Pro’s extensive collection of knowledge from highly-respected anesthesia experts. Our app is constantly updated with new information and improved techniques, so you’re always in the know. The Block Buddy Support Team is always on standby to answer any technical questions you may have. And if that’s not enough, our instructors are even available to answer medical questions and give advice. It’s like having access to the ultimate answer key at your fingertips!

Anytime, Anywhere

Block Buddy Pro is always there for you. Access Block Buddy Pro on mobile, tablet, and desktop, wherever and whenever you’d like. Review Lessons offline by downloading them directly to your phone. Block Buddy Pro is available in both the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Ultimate Usability

No more flipping through pages and scanning chapters; just search for the information you need in Block Buddy Pro. Simple pinch-zoom and swipe navigation makes learning easier than ever. Lessons organized by Head/Neck, Upper Extremity, Truncal, and Lower Extremity sections for quick accessibility.

Peace of Mind

Reference the app to show a nervous patient exactly what you’ll be doing in their procedure. Access your Notes easily from each individual Lesson to leave yourself tips and reminders.

How to Purchase

To purchase the gift of a Block Buddy subscription for a CRNA, anesthesiologist, or medical student, first visit the Block Buddy Pro registration page. Choose your Subscription, then click Add to Cart. Proceed to Checkout, then Create an Account for them. They will use this login information to access the app once they’ve downloaded it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Remember that the subscription will auto-renew on a monthly or annual basis.

Enjoy giving the priceless gift of education to the special anesthesia provider in your life!

WRAE
12/11/2019

Regional Nerve Blocks are the Non-Opioid Alternative for Chronic Pain Relief

America’s Worst Drug Epidemic in History: The Opioid Crisis

We are in the middle of one of the deadliest epidemics in American history. Deaths from opioid overdose have quadrupled since 1999, with six out of ten overdose deaths in the U.S. involving an opioid drug. More than 1,000 patients are treated in emergency rooms daily for misuse of prescription opioids, and more than 500,000 people died from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2015.

Opioid Drug Overdose Deaths

Death rates from opioids now rival those of AIDS during the 1990s, far more than any other drug, yet opioid prescriptions have risen so sharply that in 2012, enough opioids were prescribed to supply every U.S. adult with his or her own bottle, according to the CDC. It has gotten so out of control that twelve states now have more opioid prescriptions than people. So with the opioid crisis finally coming to a head, medical professionals and pain management specialists are increasingly looking for alternative ways to control chronic pain.

Non-Opioid Alternative Treatment for Chronic Pain

The way we reduce opioid prescriptions is by finding alternative options for pain management that don’t have the dangerous side effects of opioids. Individuals who consume opiates over an extended period of time can develop a tolerance, requiring them to take more of these painkillers to elicit the same effect. This process can lead to addiction and increase the risk of overdose and death. Dr. LaPietra from St. Joseph’s Emergency Department in New Jersey helped launch the ALTOSM (ALTernatives to Opioids) Program in January 2016, which found ultrasound-guided nerve blocks as a safe alternative to opioids. “Hip fracture pain is exquisite,” says Dr. LaPietra, “(Patients) are in a lot of discomfort. They cannot move; they cannot breathe well. And within 5-10 minutes of the (ultrasound-guided) nerve block, she had complete pain relief.”

Non-Opioid Alternative Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks

Regional nerve blocks provide a better alternative for pain relief than opioids because they work locally. An anesthesia provider injects a local anesthetic and/or steroid around a specific nerve, group of nerves, or within a fascial place to reduce pain and inflammation. “What we are looking for is multimodal anesthesia,” said Yili Huang, DO, director of Northwell Health’s Pain Management Center. The modality is appropriate for any condition that involves nerve pain such as arthritis, sciatica, and chronic knee or back pain. “We want to balance our patients’ need for pain relief while limiting opioid use,” says Dr. Huang. “Nerve blocks give us a powerful non-opioid alternative.”

Additional Non-Opioid Benefits of Regional Nerve Blocks

Injuries that cause chronic nerve pain often require physical therapy, but many patients have too much pain to do P.T. An ultrasound-guided regional nerve block provides enough relief to allow patients to pursue physical therapy and regain strength. Not only that, but patients cannot develop a tolerance to nerve blocks, which provides a safe pain relief alternative for patients who have struggled with substance abuse and need to avoid taking addictive painkillers. All of these benefits are why more and more physicians are turning to ultrasound-guided nerve blocks instead of opioids. “I want to get the most bang for my buck,” said Dr. Huang. “The most pain relief for my patients from the least amount of medication. My job is to give them the relief they need to recover.”

Additional Resources: For more information about ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks, visit GoOpioidFree.com and download the Block Buddy Pro app.

 

WRAE
11/11/2019

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 innovate 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 ultra-sound 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.

 

WRAE
8/23/2019