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Blocking Pain with the 'Caines: Practical Considerations for Nerve Blocks in the Emergency Department

Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks are increasingly being performed by providers in emergency departments and represent a novel approach to pain management to minimize the use of opioids. This session will discuss ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in the emergency department, focusing on literature supporting their use and practical considerations to be aware of, review commonly used local anesthetics and dosing in this setting, and discuss management of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST). 



CE Hours


CE Units


Activity Type

  • Knowledge


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UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Attn: Continuing Education
301 Pharmacy Lane, CB# 7574 Beard Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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UNC Health System





  • Explain the role of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in the emergency department practice setting and patient populations that may benefit from their use
  • Differentiate the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, dosing, and adverse events of various local anesthetics used for ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in the emergency department
  • Discuss appropriate management of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST)
  • Outline an appropriate therapeutic plan for a patient undergoing an ultrasound-guided nerve block in the emergency department based on patient specific factors


Kyle Schuchter, PharmD
PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident

Activity Number


Release Date: Sep 29, 2022
Credit Expiration Date: Sep 29, 2023

CE Hours