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Are Anesthesia Resident Programs Failing Regional Anesthesia?
  1. Donald L. Bridenbaugh, M.D.
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, The Mason Clinic, Seattle, Washington


In an effort to refute or confirm the impression that anesthesiology residency training programs were not teaching regional anesthetic techniques, all residency program directors were polled. The results confirmed that residents were performing a mean of approximately 20% of surgical anesthesia under some form of regional anesthesia. However, there was a wide discrepancy and some residents were performing none. Obviously these training programs were failing to teach the anesthesiology residents a technique which should be available to any certified specialist.

  • Regional anesthesia training
  • Regional blocks
  • Anesthesia statistics

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