Beyond The Mask: Innovation & Opportunities For CRNAs

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Ep #34: To Block or Not to Block: The Story Behind the Block Buddy App

August 15, 2019

Peripheral nerve blocks are a growing type of regional anesthesia and there’s an app out there that serves as a reference guide for CRNAs. We brought on Block Buddy co-founders Scott Urigel and Jeff Molter to find out how the idea was developed and how it’s benefiting the industry.

Check out the full show notes for this episode by clicking here. 

Today's rundown: 

1:38 – To Block or Not to Block: That is the question

2:00 – Introducing our guests: Scott Urigel and Jeff Molter.

2:26 – Who are our guests today?

4:05 – How difficult was it to develop the Block Buddy app?

6:39 – How long did the process take?

8:57 – The app has evolved quite a bit since it was first published.

9:37 – How are CRNAs utilizing blocks now?

10:30 – What we’ve been seeing from large anesthesia companies in Ohio.

12:12 – There’s always a learning curve and peripheral nerve blocks are no different.

13:53 – When we first started doing it, we thought it was the worst idea.

15:18 – Some locations nationwide have limitations on blocks in our practice.

17:03 – Block Buddy is hosting its own conferences and programs now.

20:30 – Is there a financial opportunity for CRNAs?

22:08 – How can a CRNA that learns this skill go out and benefit from it?

24:38 – Congratulating Scott for a great award he just won.

25:17 – Jeff won Ohio CRNA of the Year.