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Basic Regional Anaesthesia Knowledge Written examination

Written Examination
100 MCQs ; 2 hours duration

Pre- requisites

  1. The applicant should have attained the qualification of MD/DNB/DA from a Nationally recognized university /hospital/ institution.
  2. The applicant must be a life member of the “Indian College of Anaesthesiologists”(ICA)ICA membership form
  3. A letter from HOD/Guide/Co guide certifying that the applicant has conducted 100 neuraxial blocks and 50 other plexus or nerve blocks must be mailed to IPSA along with the receipt of ICA membership and examination fee paid to ICA.
  4. The applicant should have attended one “Basic Ultrasound guided Regional Anaesthesia workshop” (Points 10) conducted by “Interventional Perioperative Sonography Association” (IPSA). The certificate number will have to be entered in the answer sheet of IDRA part 1. This information will be made available on the IPSA website too.
  5. The applicant must have good command of English, as the medium of examination will be English.
  6. The membership fee of ICA and the examination fee of Rs 2000 will be payable directly to ICA.
  7. No fee shall be charged for the second attempt but third attempt will invite payment of Rs 1000.


  •   Anatomy pertaining to regional anaesthesia
  •   Physiology and pathology related to regional anaesthesia
  •   Complications of regional anaesthesia
  •   Advantages/ disadvantages /contraindications in regional anaesthesia
  •   Pharmacology of local anaesthetics, narcotics, adjuvants and other medications used in management of pain
  •   Concepts in acute and chronic pain management.
  •   Basics of pain management in trauma, obstetrics, postoperative, pediatrics and cancer.
  •   Guidelines related to practice of regional anaesthesia in patients on anticoagulants
  •   Guidelines related to practice of regional anaesthesia in patients with infections/immunosuppression
  •   Knowledge about the use of nerve stimulators and basic concepts of nerve stimulation technique
  •   Basic concepts of Ultrasound Guided regional anaesthesia (Frequencies used, Knobology, PART manovere, types of probes)
  •   Management of “Local anaesthetic systemic toxicity”
  •   Communication skills of anaesthetist and interaction with patient
  •   Sedation techniques in regional anaesthesia
  •   Care of Perineural catheters 

Suggested Reading

  1. Admir Hadzic: Textbook of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management: 2007 Mc Graw-Hill Companies, Inc. ISBN 978-0-07-144906-9
  2. Michael J. Cousins, Daniel B.Carr ,Terese T. Horlocker ,Phillip O. Bridenbaugh :Cousins and Bridenbaugh’s Neural Blockade in Clinical Anaesthesia and Pain Management: Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 4th Revised edition edition (1 December 2008)ISBN-10: 078177388-1 ISBN-13: 978-0781773881
  3. Joseph M. Neal , James P. Rathmell: Complications in Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine: 2007 Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, ISBN 978-1-4160-2392-0
  4. Cunningham’s Manual of Practical Anatomy : 15th Edition, Oxford Medical Publication ISBN 978-0-19-922909-3 V. 1; ISBN 978-0-19-956533-7 V.2 ; ISBN 978-0-19-922908-6 V. 3
  5. P PrithviRaj :Textbook of Regional Anaesthesia: 2002 Churchill Livingstone ,ISBN-10: 0443065691 ISBN-13: 978-0443065699
  6. Brendan T. Finucane: Complications of Regional Anesthesia: Second Edition, 2007 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, ISBN 978-0-387-37559-5
  7. Nicholas M. Greene, Sorin J. Bull: Physiology of Spinal Anesthesia: Williams and Wilkins  ,4sUB EDITION ISBN-13: 978-0683035551 ISBN-10: 068303555

Articles and guidelines

1. Neal JM, Barrington MJ, Brull R, Hadzic A, Hebl JR, Horlocker TT, Huntoon MA, Kopp SL, Rathmell JP, Watson JC. The Second ASRA Practice Advisory on Neurologic Complications Associated With Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: ExecutiveSummary 2015. RegAnesth Pain Med. 2015 Sep-Oct;40(5):401-30. doi:10.1097/AAP.0000000000000286. PubMed PMID: 26288034.

2. Neal JM, Bernards CM, Hadzic A, Hebl JR, Hogan QH, Horlocker TT, Lee LA,Rathmell JP, Sorenson EJ, Suresh S, Wedel DJ. ASRA Practice Advisory onNeurologic Complications in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.RegAnesthPain Med. 2008 Sep-Oct;33(5):404-15. doi: 10.1016/j.rapm.2008.07.527. PubMedPMID: 18774509; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2869280.

3. Bernards CM, Hadzic A, Suresh S, Neal JM. Regional anesthesia in anesthetized or heavily sedated patients. RegAnesth Pain Med. 2008 Sep-Oct;33(5):449-60. doi:10.1016/j.rapm.2008.07.529. Review. PubMed PMID: 18774514.

4. Hogan QH. Pathophysiology of peripheral nerve injury during regional anesthesia.RegAnesth Pain Med. 2008 Sep-Oct;33(5):435-41. doi:10.1016/j.rapm.2008.03.002. Review. PubMed PMID: 18774512; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC28

5. Neal JM, Kopp SL, Pasternak JJ, Lanier WL, RathmellJP.Anatomy and Pathophysiology of Spinal Cord Injury Associated With Regional Anesthesia andPain Medicine: 2015 Update. RegAnesth Pain Med. 2015 Sep-Oct;40(5):506-25. doi:10.1097/AAP.0000000000000297. PubMed PMID: 26263076.85284.

6.Ivani G, Suresh S, Ecoffey C, Bosenberg A, Lonnqvist PA, Krane E, VeyckemansF, Polaner DM, Van de Velde M, Neal JM. The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Joint Committee Practice Advisory on Controversial Topics in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia.RegAnesth Pain Med. 2015 Sep-Oct;40(5):526-32.doi: 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000280. PubMed PMID: 26192549.

7. Neal JM, Mulroy MF, Weinberg GL; American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicinechecklist for managing local anesthetic systemic toxicity: 2012 version. RegAnesth Pain Med. 2012 Jan-Feb;37(1):16-8. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0b013e31822e0d8a.PubMed PMID: 22189574.

8. Horlocker TT, Wedel DJ, Rowlingson JC, Enneking FK, Kopp SL, Benzon HT, Brown DL, Heit JA, Mulroy MF, Rosenquist RW, Tryba M, Yuan CS. Regional anesthesia inthe patient receiving antithrombotic or thrombolytic therapy: American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Evidence-Based Guidelines (Third Edition). RegAnesth Pain Med. 2010 Jan-Feb;35(1):64-101. PubMed PMID: 20052816.

9.Brull R, Macfarlane AJ, Tse CC. Practical knobology for ultrasound-guidedregional anesthesia. RegAnesth Pain Med. 2010 Mar-Apr;35(2 Suppl):S68-73. doi:10.1097/AAP.0b013e3181d245f9. PubMed PMID: 20216028.

10. Lirk P, Picardi S, Hollmann MW. Local anaesthetics: 10 essentials. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2014 Nov; 31(11):575-85. doi: 10.1097/EJA.0000000000000137. Review. PubMed PMID: 25192265.

11. Gogarten W, Vandermeulen E, Van Aken H, Kozek S, Llau JV, Samama CM; European Scoeity of Anaesthesiology. Regional anaesthesia and antithrombotic agents:recommendations of the European Society of Anaesthesiology. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2010 Dec;27(12):999- 1015. doi:10.1097/EJA.0b013e32833f6f6f. Review. PubMed PMID:20890208.

12. De Hert S, Imberger G, Carlisle J, Diemunsch P, Fritsch G, Moppett I, Solca M, Staender S, Wappler F, Smith A; Task Force on Preoperative Evaluation of the Adult Noncardiac Surgery Patient of the European Society of Anaesthesiology. Preoperative evaluation of the adult patient undergoing non-cardiac surgery: guidelines from the European Society of Anaesthesiology. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2011Oct;28(10):684-722. doi: 10.1097/EJA.0b013e3283499e3b. PubMed PMID: 21885981.

Who can attend

Anaesthesiologists, including PGS and DNBs; Intensivists, Pain Physicians


Basic Course -
Knobology, Hands on Scanning of various ultrasound guided nerve blocks, Supraclavicular, Interscalene, Axillary, Femoral, Sciatic, TAP, PVB, Vascular access, VET Lab for hands on, Needle-eye coordination practice.

Advance Course -
Infraclavicular blocks, Peripheral blocks of upper and lower limb, PECS, Abdominal plexus, Spinal Sonography, FAST, FATE, Airway.

7th Workshop Kolkata, India
17th-18th February 2018

Organised by

Interventional Perioperative Sonography Association

Interventional Perioperative Sonography Association


7th Workshop
Premashrya Auditorium,
Tata Medical Centre - DC Block(New Town), Action Area I, Opp. Techno India College,