Ultrasound-guided regional nerve block (USRNB) is a safe and simple analgesia tool that can be used to provide site-specific, rapid pain relief for bone and soft tissue injuries. USRNBs have many benefits over local anesthetic infiltration and avoid the complications associated with general anesthesia and other systemic drugs. Despite these advantages, USRNBs have not been widely used in limited resource settings, where up to 80% of injured persons receive inadequate or no pain treatment, and where bone and soft tissue injuries are a major cause of morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Margaret Salmon is leading research and education initiatives to increase access to pain management in low resource settings.
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