The London Society of Regional Anaesthesia (LSoRA) was founded by Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Rafael Blanco. LSoRA’s main interest is to create a dynamic space where anyone with an interest in regional anaesthesia can meet. A core committee of enthusiastic and dedicated Consultant Anaesthetists who have extensive experience in the field run the society.
The uniqueness of LSoRA is that they are the only group that have a concise logbook that is accessible by registration for free on the website. It was the first online anaesthetic logbook in the world. LSoRA were the first in introducing learning curves into regional anaesthesia.
Throughout the year the society prides itself in conducting a number of ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia (USRA) courses at locations across London. In 2014 we conducted our first ultrasound in Pain Management course, geared towards chronic pain clinicians. These interactive courses teach delegates basic physics behind ultrasound picture generation, ‘knobology’ (ultrasound machine use), sonoanatomy, and live scanning with clinical application. Delegates are able to see and experience live scanning and needling demo's on soft cadavers and various phantoms to enhance their needle visualisation and hand-eye co-ordination.
These USRA workshops are for anyone, whether a complete beginner or for those who would just like to improve their technique. The aim of each course is to teach anaesthetists how to scan and locate nerves for basic and advanced blocks all of which are supported by LSoRA’s expert faculty made up of like-minded consultants from Trusts all over the UK and international guest faculty.
LSoRA's event arm work in association with the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Evidence Based Peri Operative Medicine and Aesculap Academy in conducting workshops. The academic arm are involved in producing web-based education content and literature. A new trainee arm is currently developing a common place for anaesthetic trainees with an interest in regional anaesthesia to exchange information and ideas amongst other things.
LSoRA aims to create an international community that works to improving the research, education and conduct of regional anaesthesia and pain management.