Posted by Bharath on May 27, 2012 in General 0 comments
Pain Management: Advancements in Regional Anesthesia
Anesthesia is derived from the Greek term, “anaisth sia”, which literally means “lack of sensation”. To put it simply, anesthesia is the use of drugs or gases before surgery and other medical procedures to manage pain. In addition, anesthesia aids in controlling the patient’s breathing, heart rate, blood flow and blood pressure.
There are three types of anesthesia: general, local and regional. The main purpose of this article is to discuss regional anesthesia and the continuing efforts for its advancement.
Regional anesthesia blocks pain affecting only a large part of the body such as the lower back or one of the limbs. Major types of regional anesthesia include epidural or spinal anesthesia and peripheral nerve block.
Like everything else, regional anesthesia has continuously evolved over time. In the recent years, the development of ultrasound regional anesthesia was greatly embraced by anesthesiologists for many different reasons. The ultrasound provides anesthesiologists a good visual on the nerves as well as their path and depth. Essentially, this technology has helped reduce complication rates in patients, and improved quality and block duration. Additionally, ultrasound regional anesthesia is said to be more cost-effective than its earlier counterparts, a huge advantage in this time of economic instability.
The European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy
Founded in 1980, the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (more popularly known as ESRA) aims to foster regional anesthesia in the continent. Since its first conference in Edinburgh in 1982, the society has garnered global support evident in the growing number of its members.
The annual ESRA Congress will be held on the 5th through the 8th of September this year at the Bordeaux Congress Center in Bordeaux, France. The conference is open to everyone from all over the world who wish to join the event. It is strongly advised by the Congress secretariat and the organizers that every participant should check with their local French embassy or consulate for visa requirements and other pertinent documentation well ahead of time.
Experts in the field of regional anesthesia from Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Greece and other parts of Europe are already confirmed to speak and share their knowledge at the conference. Regional anesthesia courses and seminars to be held include Central Nerve Blocks, Peripheral Nerve Blocks, Obstetric, Postoperative Pain Management, Chronic Pain Management, Pediatric and Ultrasonography.
For over three decades, the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy has provided topnotch regional anesthesia seminars to its members and participants. For more information on this year’s conference, visit the official ESRA website.
Bharath – who has written 22 posts on Health Advices.I’m Bharath, a 25 year old (Bengaluru, India)-based web designer, Facebook & Twitter addict, and blogger. Blogging was not my passion, but now blogging has become a part of my life. I blog and write content about everything in this globe like Android world, Technology, Facebook and Mobile phones.
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