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Medical Professional - Clinical > Invasive Procedures
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This module teaches you how to safely prepare for and perform a digital block of the fingers.

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A digital block is a common procedure used in minor surgical procedures, in which the nerves of the fingers are blocked using anesthesia. This module will teach you how to safely prepare for and perform a digital block of the fingers. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers a clinical scenario that tests your ability to perform a digital block of the index finger. Practice the steps of the procedure online as often as you want, until you feel confident.

You'll Learn

  • pre-procedure considerations related to a digital block
  • to visualize the anatomy of the digits from the branches of median nerve, ulnar nerve and common palmar digital nerves
  • to practice and perfect your skills inserting the needle at the base of the dorsum, while infiltrating local anesthesia
  • how to angle the needle across the dorsum of the digit and advance it subcutaneously
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Tray preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Operator preparation
Step 2 - Cleanse the digit
Step 3 - Insert the needle and infiltrate local anesthetic
Step 4 - Repeat the procedure on the opposite side of the finger
Step 5 - Infiltrate the dorsum of the finger
  • Describe the pre-procedure considerations for a digital block.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for a digital block.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform a digital block using aseptic technique, including: 
    • cleansing of the block site
    • the correct position and angle of each needle insertion on the digit 
    • the correct technique of infiltration of local anesthesia around the digit
  • Identify and understand the various types, doses, and maximum limits of local anesthesia.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Describe the hazards of a digital block.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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