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In the past Dan J. Kopacz has collaborated on articles with Joseph M. Neal. One of their most recent publications is chapter 149 - Intercostal Nerve Block. Which was published in journal .

More information about Dan J. Kopacz research including statistics on their citations can be found on their Copernicus Academic profile page.

Dan J. Kopacz's Articles: (4)

Epidural anesthesia for common surgical procedures

Many common surgical techniques can be conducted with lumbar epidural anesthesia as the sole anesthetic. Many factors influence whether it should be chosen over general anesthesia or another type of regional anesthesia. The less frequently used paramedian approach to the central neuraxis offers several advantages, particularly in patients without palpable landmarks, and/or in patients who are unable to flex because of arthritic or painful comorbid conditions. Specific details of using lumbar epidural anesthesia as the sole anesthetic is illustrated in three common clinical conditions: total abdominal hysterectomy, lumbar laminectomy, and femoral-popliteal bypass.

Original ArticlesRegional anesthesia and pain medicine: Residency training[mdash ]the year 2000☆

AbstractBackground and Objectives: A survey of anesthesiology training programs in 1980 reported the use of a regional anesthetic technique in 21.3% of cases. A similar survey of anesthesiology training programs in 1990 reported that the use of regional anesthetic techniques had increased to 29.8%. Over the ensuing 10 years, additional changes have occurred in the field of anesthesiology and its United States residency training programs. This manuscript reports the impact these changes have had on the use of regional anesthesia techniques in residency training programs in the year 2000. Methods: Blinded cumulative data about regional anesthetic techniques performed by anesthesiology residents were obtained from all annual training report forms submitted to the Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology. Exposure to obstetric (OB) anesthesia, pain management, and a resident's year-in-training were analyzed as independent factors expected to influence the use of regional anesthesia. Results: Anesthesiology trainees used a regional anesthesia technique in 30.2% of cases in the year 2000. This represents an insignificant change from 1990 and a marked slowing in the growth of regional anesthesia techniques compared with the 1980 to 1990 period. The use of regional anesthesia remains strongly correlated with a resident's exposure to OB anesthesia and pain consultations. Variability in exposure to regional anesthesia techniques among individual residents has decreased. Conclusions: Anesthesiology training programs now appear to provide a satisfactory exposure to regional anesthesia for a majority of resident trainees, although 40% of residents may still be deficient in nerve block anesthesia. The growth in the use of regional anesthesia during residency has plateaued over the past decade, but the discrepancy between individual resident experience has improved. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2002;27:9-14.

Original articleThe Training and Careers of Regional Anesthesia Fellows—1983–2002

Background and ObjectivesThe education and subsequent careers of regional anesthesia fellows have not been examined but may provide insight into improving future fellowship training and/or the future of the subspecialty.MethodsRegional anesthesia fellows educated during a 20-year period (1983–2002) were asked to complete a comprehensive survey that detailed their training, current professional setting, and use of regional anesthesia, and how they foresee the future of regional anesthesia. A separate survey of academic anesthesiology chairs assessed the role of and need for regional anesthesiologists in teaching departments.ResultsTwelve regional anesthesia fellowship programs in the United States and Canada provided contact information on 176 former fellows. The survey response rate from those practicing in North America was 49% (77/156). Two of the 12 responding institutions have trained 68% of regional anesthesia fellows. Of respondents, 61% are or have been in academic practice. Regional anesthesia remains an integral part of most respondents’ current practice, as evidenced by significant use of regional techniques, active involvement in subspecialty societies, and participation in continuing medical education programs. Academic chairs indicate that fellowship-trained regional anesthesiologists play important roles in resident education and are in demand by academic departments.ConclusionsThis report details how regional anesthesia fellows from 1983 to 2002 were trained and how they currently practice and examines their insights regarding the strengths and weaknesses of past and future regional anesthesia education.

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