Ergonomics in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks

  • Oscar David Aguirre-Ospina a. Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. b. SES Hospital, Manizales, Colombia
  • Julián Felipe González-Maldonado Anaesthesia and Resuscitation Resident, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Ángela María Ríos-Medina a. Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. b. Clínica Comfamiliar, Pereira, Colombia. c. Liga Contra el Cancer, Pereira, Colombia
Keywords: Ultrasonography, Nerve block, Human engineering, Analgesia, Anesthesia


Introduction: Performing ultrasound-guided nerve blocks has proven to be safe, but ergonomic considerations are essential.

Methods: A non-systematic literature search was conducted in the Medline/Pubmed and Embase databases.

Objective: To describe the influence of operator position, monitor location, and hand position in performing ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

Results: Poor ergonomics is a key factor of error when performing nerve blocks under ultrasound guidance. "In-plane" needle insertion increases success. An inappropriate position may be a cause of muscle-skeletal disorders. Based on these results, we propose specific element location and operator position for the performance of certain nerve blocks.

Conclusion: Performing ultrasound-guided nerve blocks requires an ergonomic work area allowing for greater comfort and effectiveness, thus reducing the occurrence of muscle-skeletal disorders.


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Aguirre-Ospina OD, González-Maldonado JF, Ríos-Medina Ángela M. Ergonomics in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2015Oct.1 [cited 2021Sep.27];43(4):331–339. Available from:


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Aguirre-Ospina OD, González-Maldonado JF, Ríos-Medina Ángela M. Ergonomics in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2015Oct.1 [cited 2021Sep.27];43(4):331–339. Available from:
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