Upper Extremity Regional Anesthesia

Illustrations for this review article are by Jennifer Gentry
Illustrations for this review article are by Jennifer Gentry

Pub Med has access available to this review of Upper Extremity Regional Anesthesia, authored by Joseph M. Neal, MD, J.C. Gerancher, MD, Quinn H. Hogan, MD et al.  It is wonderfully illustrated by Jennifer Gentry and provided on the web by US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Regional Anesthesia “Advertorials” are still available on the web

Peripheral Nerve Block Patient Care
Peripheral Nerve Block Patient Care

I refound this series of informative editorials which I believe were commissioned by B. Braun from 2004 to 2009.  Contributors are quite a few experts in the field of regional anesthesia and acute pain management sharing their opinions on these topics. These are from a time when Regional Anesthesia benefited from strong advocacy and these editorials provided it!

You can get to all the articles by following the three articles which are highlighted. These are linked to all the topics below………..


  • TAP: A New Standard for Abdominal Surgery?
  • Is <0.2mA a reliable indicator of intraneural injection?
  • 5 Top Tips for Block Reimbursement
  • A Breakthrough in Nerve Stimulation
  • A Two-Pronged Approach to PONV Prevention
  • Get Total Knee Patients Moving With Continuous Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Blocks: The Right Choice in a Down Economy
  • Nerve Blocks: A Hospital CEO’s Perspective
  • Paravertebral Blocks: Benefits Beyond Expectations
  • Blocks Help Hernia Patients Go Home Faster
  • Intra-Articular Infusions or Nerve Blocks?
  • Continuous Nerve Blocks Boost Patient Confidence
  • Yes You Can Get Reimbursed for Nerve Blocks
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks: A Wise Investment
  • A Surgeon’s View: Dispelling Some Common PNB Myths
  • A Surgeon’s Perspective: The Power of PNBs
  • Acute Pain Nurse: Key to Continuous Infusion Success
  • A Breakthrough in Nerve Stimulation
  • No Pain, Big Gain
  • Our Insurers Pay for Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Fortifying Our Future With PNB Training
  • Stimulating Catheters for Outpatient Surgery
  • When Should We Use Stimulating Catheters?
  • What Is Ultrasound’s Role in Peripheral Nerve Blocks?
  • There’s No Better Advertisement than a Happy Patient!
  • Avoiding Post-Lithotripsy Pain
  • Regional Anesthesia Took My Pain From 10 to 0
  • How to Make Peripheral Nerve Blocks Even Safer
  • Helping Patients Understand Regional Blocks
  • Ultrasound and Nerve Stimulation: Perfect Together
  • The Post-Opioid Era
  • Practical Pain Control
  • In Our PACU, Blocks Made Miles of Difference
  • Filling the Analgesic Gap
  • Is Regional Anesthesia More Cost-Efficient?
  • Prime Patients Early for PNB Success
  • With Nerve Blocks, Time is Safety
  • Nerve Blocks Improve Patient Well-Being
  • The PNBs Have It
  • Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks: The Jury Is In
  • Is Regional Anesthesia More Cost-Efficient?
  • Block On!
  • Regional Anesthesia: Lessons from Iraq
  • Help is On the Way
  • The Promise of Pediatric Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Building a Better Regional Anesthesia Procedure Note
  • Perception is Everything
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulators Improve Patient Comfort
  • Regional Anesthesia Helps Elderly Patients Stay Alert and On Track
  • 4 Ways to Make Continuous Infusions Run More Smoothly
  • Tips for Managing Orthopedic Regional Anesthesia Patients
  • How to Bill for Regional Anesthesia
  • How to Ease Into Regional Blocks
  • 3 Things to Know About Regional Anesthesia Programs

Dr. John Gerancher: Helping Parents of Children with Visual Impairment

Author, educator, and physician John Charles “JC” Gerancher has been a longtime supporter of charitable efforts to help individuals who are impacted by visual impairments and blindness, such as Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind and the North Carolina Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NC-APVI).

A non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, NC-APVI has focused on reaching out to families with children who have visual impairments in order to provide support and access to useful resources within North Carolina and across the country. With the help of supporters like John Gerancher, NC-APVI has a variety of methods for reaching out to its members and other families in the community.

NC-APVI utilizes numerous methods for communicating with its members and the public, including a newsletter and access to a quarterly journal, Awareness. Members also enjoy such benefits as national and local conferences, networks for parents with children with rare eye conditions, and the opportunity to work alongside fellow parents and professionals in advocating for greater recognition of visual impairment and blindness. The organization also offers numerous events, from social gatherings like the annual Pumpkins & Prizes Party to seminars on the use of iPads for students with visual impairments.

To learn more about the organization or to find out how you can help, visit www.nc-apvi.org.

John Gerancher on Wake Forest University’s Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Section

The Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Section at Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center focuses on three main areas: patient care, resident education, and clinical research. The first involves improving patient outcomes by practicing regional anesthesia or acute pain management, rather than local or general anesthesia, when appropriate. While some patients and surgeries are not good candidates for regional anesthesia, those that are often have improved outcomes compared to traditional anesthesia techniques.

The resident education arm of the Section involves training new anesthesiologists in the practices and principles of regional anesthesiology during a focused one-month rotation in the department. Thanks to the work of these residents and their supervisors, hundreds of patients at Baptist Medical Center successfully receive regional anesthesia every month.

Through the research arm of the Section, practitioners document their work, discover optimal treatment techniques, and standardize and publicize those that prove most effective in improving patient results to advance the field.

About John Gerancher

Anesthesiologist John Charles “JC” Gerancher designed and implemented the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management Section at Wake Forest University, serving as its Section Head for several years. He holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.