USRA | A Learner's Guide


As a curriculum, this book was designed as a comprehensive, step-wise, and progressive introduction towards understanding and performing ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia for both community and academic practice settings. In its entirety, a foundation of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia is presented through discussions of physics, models, ultrasound scanning, and needle techniques for single-shot and continuous catheter nerve blocks. The book presents a perspective of curriculum reflecting philosophy, methods, and objectives to encompass content, process, and practice. It emphasizes critical thinking and a self-directed foundational path for clinicians to build on existing regional anesthesia knowledge and integrate essential ultrasound techniques.

Over 130 original illustrations, photographs, ultrasound images, and magnetic resonance scans accompany this full-colour, hardcover, 8 ½ x 11 inch book to facilitate conceptual understanding and demonstrate practical clinical approaches. The integration of easy to read text with beautiful visual images allows individuals at all levels of clinical experience to further develop the necessary knowledge and skills for safe and effective ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia practice. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to ultrasound-guided nerve block techniques, and will certainly complement other learning in small group workshops, didactic courses, and ongoing self-study.


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Brian A. Pollard, BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPCBrian Pollard is a Staff Anesthesiologist and Director of the Ultrasound-Based Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, Canada. Brian’s clinical and academic focus within post-graduate medical education is directed towards exploring the qualitative aspects of teaching, learning, and curriculum. Throughout his career he has been recognized for excellence in post-graduate teaching and emphasizing the importance of the individual’s experience in the educational setting.

Vincent W.S. Chan Photo

Vincent W.S. Chan, MD, FRCPCVincent Chan is a Staff Anesthesiologist and Director of the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Program at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada. He is also a Professor of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Canada, and President of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (2009-2011). His passion and dedication in regional anesthesia and acute pain management has led him to the field of ultrasound imaging as a possible modality to improve the accuracy and safety of regional anesthetic procedures. He has been recognized for transforming ultrasound from a research tool to a practical every day anesthesia application.


Diana G. Kryski, BA, MScBMCDiana Kryski is a professional medical illustrator in Toronto, Canada. Diana is a graduate of the Master of Biomedical Communications Program at the University of Toronto, where she was recognized for excellence in medical visualization, leadership, and professionalism. She emphasizes originality, draftsmanship, and research alongside her knowledge of clinical anatomy, physiology, and pathology to produce accurate images with clarity and elegance. Diana’s ongoing interest in biomedical communications research and teaching is reflected in her academic approach to medical illustration and design.

John BeadleJohn Beadle is an award-winning media designer with over ten years of experience. He has worked with all forms of print media, designing book covers and interiors, catalogues, and magazines.John is also skilled in web design, and is an accomplished illustrator. He has designed advertising and created illustrations for clients such as Coca-Cola, North American Life, and Ellis Teichman Communications. He has also produced commissioned works in traditional media (oil, watercolour, pen and ink), as well as portraiture, cartoons and architectural renderings.Through his company, JB Graphics, John has created work for numerous clients, and is currently working for University of Toronto Press Inc. as their Senior Designer. His thorough understanding of the design process, combined with a broad range of artistic skills has enabled him to develop a distinct style that has garnered him accolades in the design industry.

Paul MorrisAfter graduating from the St. Lawrence College graphic design program, Paul now lives and works in Toronto, Canada, where he continues to pursue a passion for web, new media, and print design. Paul has brought his vision and creativity to individual, as well as large, corporate design and advertising projects. His freelance work has also spanned both scope and focus, including sophisticated and stylish web design, and various print media for individuals and companies. In all his work, Paul emphasizes that design is not just a job, but rather a way of thinking and living that brings out the best in the visual world.


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