This rotation is based at the East Campus Surgical Hospital (ECSH) of LLUMC, which is located approximately 1/2 mile from the University Hospital. Each resident is assigned to this 1-month rotation once or twice per residency. In addition, there is opportunity for the CA-3 resident to request additional blocks of time should one desire more experience with regional anesthesia.
The ECSH is a growing state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Institute with 5 operating rooms that serve neurosurgery (spine), orthopedics, and plastic surgery services. During the one-month rotation, the resident will gain experience with neuraxial blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, and acute pain management. Neuraxial opioids, intravenous patient-controlled analgesia, continuous peripheral nerve catheters and combination techniques are widely utilized. Ultrasound and nerve-stimulator modalities are used for peripheral nerve blocks. A "hands-on" gross anatomy lab is held on alternate years as part of the regional anesthesia core curriculum.
Dr. Thomas Rasmussen is the Director of Anesthesia Services for ECSH. He brings years of experience in private practice and an interest in anesthetic techniques for spine and total joint surgery. Dr. Linda Wat is trained in regional anesthesia and outpatient anesthesia; she directs the gross anatomy and regional anesthesia educational workshops.