Beyond the Block: Anesthesia Ultrasound for Perioperative Care

June 29, 2021

The role of the anesthesiologist is evolving to include perioperative care

With hospitals seeking innovative ways to streamline patient care and improve outcomes, anesthesiologists are increasingly expected to provide patient care beyond general anesthesia and nerve blocks. But beyond the block, how does perioperative ultrasound help anesthesiologists do their jobs?

The answer has a lot to do with the changing practice of medicine.

In the United States, anesthesiologists are increasingly expected to perform a wider role in care of patients—that is, care before, during, and after surgery—a specialty known as perioperative medicine. As hospitals strive to streamline patient care, anesthesiologists are stepping up to do even more than ever. And ultrasound can play a crucial role in that care.