Visuospatial Ability as a Predictor of Novice Performance in Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia

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(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 123:1188–1197, 2015)

Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (USGRA) requires manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination and is related to an individual's ability to mentally rotate and manipulate 2- and 3-dimensional objects (visuospatial testing). The primary goal of this study was to determine whether visuospatial ability could predict technical performance of an ultrasound-guided needle task by novice operators.

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