ESRA Academy. Thomas P. Sep 9, 2016; 138509; 0371 Topic: Outcome
Dr. Peter Thomas
Dr. Peter Thomas

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Background and Aims:

Our hospital introduced an anaesthetic block room with proven improved efficiency and theatre throughput. Regional anaesthesia leads to improved patient satisfaction and enhanced recovery. We aimed to ascertain whether, in addition to the aforementioned benefits, the block room provided an enhanced learning environment for anaesthetic trainees learning ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia. Ethical approval unnecessary for medical personal questionnaire surveys.


All trainees who’d spent time in the block room since opening in 2013 received an electronic survey. Data collected included: whether trainees preferred block room learning versus theatres, whether they'd recommend block room learning to colleagues, if they had consultant supervision throughout, whether they felt inspired to complete a regional fellowship or a career involving regional anaesthesia and whether they completed Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) Unit of Training sign offs. 


Following time spent in the block room, 73% of trainees would strongly recommend block room learning to colleagues. 68% felt strongly that learning in a block room learning is more effective than in theatre, 64% feeling strongly that block room learning is preferable to all previous regional anaesthetic learning experiences, 64% strongly agreed they had consultant supervision throughout. Over 40% were strongly inspired to complete regional fellowships or would consider a regional anaesthetics career. 57% achieved RCOA Unit of Training sign offs.


Trainees found the block room an effective, consultant led, learning environment, preferable to that of theatres. They were able to complete RCOA training sign offs, with many inspired to further their regional anaesthetic careers.

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