This month’s journal-based CME article is titled "Efficacy and safety of ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block during angioplasty of dysfunctional arteriovenous access: A prospective, randomized single-center clinical trial". In this study, the authors conducted a prospective randomized clinical trial comparing the use of brachial plexus block (BPB) to intravenous analgesia for 80 patients undergoing treatment for dysfunctional hemodialysis access. It prospectively analyzes the safety and efficacy of a peripheral nerve block for pain relief during fistulography and associated interventions, to inform practitioners of alternative methods to achieve patient comfort during image guided procedures.
This program is designed to meet the educational needs of interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, nurses, techs, and trainees at all levels with special interest in the management of dialysis access circuits.
To receive CME credit for this journal-based CME activity, participants must read the journal article and score 75% or better on the post test. Participants will have three opportunities to score 75% or better.
After participating in this journal-based CME activity, learners should be able to:
- Explain the benefits of brachial plexus block
- Describe the complications of brachial plexus block
- Identify patient populations that can benefit from this procedure
JVIR CME Editor
Daniel Sheeran, MD
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Subin Heo, MD
Je Hwan Won, MD
Jinoo Kim, MD
Department of Radiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, 206 Worldcup-ro, Yeongtonggu, Suwon, Korea
Jong Yeop Kim, MD
Han Bum Joe, MD
Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, 206 Worldcup-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Korea
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SIR designates this education activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program is approved for 1 self-assessment CME credit (SA-CME) by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) - approved January 1, 2020. SIR is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The SA-CME credit offered for this enduring activity meets the ABR’s criteria for self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.