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Regional Anesthesia in Austere Environments
  1. Chester C. Buckenmaier, M.D.a,
  2. Evan H. Lee, M.D.b,
  3. Cynthia H. Shields, M.D.b,
  4. John B. Sampson, M.D.b and
  5. John H. Chiles, M.D.b
  1. From the Regional Anesthesia Section (C.C.B.);
  2. Anesthesia and Operative Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Health Care System, Washington, DC.
  1. Reprint requests: Chester C. Buckenmaier III, M.D., Regional Anesthesia Section, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 20307, USA. E-mail: chester.buckenmaier{at}


Military anesthesiologists must master the complexities of modern anesthesia at home, like their civilian counterparts, and also be prepared to provide effective, safe anesthesia in the chaotic and austere environment of the modern battlefield. This article describes the Army Regional Anesthesia Initiative and Operational Anesthesia Rotation programs designed to facilitate this difficult goal.

  • Regional anesthesia
  • Austere environments
  • Military anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia training

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