New research database
We have added a new section on the site, in the research section, which is a database of all the regional anaesthesia trials currently happening in the UK. We hope this will be a useful resource, helping to put active researchers in touch with each other, and enable site expansion too.
New AoA guidelines
RA-UK has been involved in two new guidelines from th Association of Anaesthetists.
Firstly, the association of anaesthestests has just published a new guidance on regional analgesia for lower leg trauma and the risk of acute compartment syndrome
This guideline stresses an important point about patient autonomy in the shared decision around pain control and risk of a rare but serious complication. It is bound to generate further discussions about this contentious topic.
Secondly, our immediate past president, Dr Amit Pawa was involved in the new standards for monitoring guideline. This shores up advice around the performance of regional anaesthesia in outside areas, and of second blocks during awake surgery.
A message from the new president of RA-UK
It is a huge honour to write to everyone as the new President of RA-UK. I must of course firstly thank Amit Pawa under whose guidance the society has flourished over the past few years. Membership has more than doubled, the ASM has been revamped and RAUK is increasingly involved in collaborations with the RCoA, the AoA, ESRA and ASRA. You will hopefully have seen the new nerve injury guidance in conjunction with the British Orthopaedic Association and the Fascia iliaca block and non physician practitioner statement, whilst there are documents coming out soon on Stop Before You Block, compartment syndrome, ergonomics, monitoring, defining the essential anatomical structures to visualise for Plan A blocks and block nomenclature that various members of the board have all contributed to along with other organisations. I am grateful that the board is made up of such an enthusiastic, inspiring team and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the next three years together. On that note it is sad to see Ben Fox leave and we thank him for all his work and wish him well. We are however delighted that Athmaja Thottungal has now joined us with all the RA and chronic pain expertise that she brings.
Read more: A message from the new president of RA-UK
RA-UK ASM Catch up now available.
We are pleased to announce that the catch up stream of the hugely successful RA-UK virtual ASM is now available.
Over the next few weeks, the content will be split into individual talks, but for now each day is available in its entirety.
New algorithm for suspected neurological injury.
RAUK in collaboration with BOA has developed an algorithm to guide the management of unexpected or persistent neurological symptoms after peripheral nerve blocks and surgery. This algorithm intends to help with risk stratification and early recognition of patient requiring urgent attention.
The pdf can be downloaded here, and can be permanently found in the guidelines section of the sidebar.
Brand new RAUK forum
We are very excited to announce the launch of our new RAUK discussion forum. You'll find this in the top menu bar on the right hand side.
Members will be able to ask questions, share experiences and network with like-minded people in a safe space.
You will need to login to post, if any current member does not have login details, please contact us for help.
Plan A Block Videos
We are pleased to present a new set of videos for our Plan A Blocks. These have been created by our president, Dr Amit Pawa, in conjunction with GE Healthcare.
You will find these in the Plan A sidebar, or embedded in the individual block descriptions.
We hope you like them. Comments can be left if clicking through to our Youtube channel.