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Scott Urigel Receives AANA’s 34th Annual Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award

  • Aug 8, 2019

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2019
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Park Ridge, Ill. – Scott Urigel will receive the 34th Annual Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2019 Annual Congress in Chicago, Ill.

The Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award was established in 1986 to recognize the accomplishments of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who are involved in direct patient care. The recipient of the award is recognized by peers as a person who has made an important contribution to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice.

Urigel is the co-owner of Western Reserve Anesthesia Education, Western Reserve Anesthesia Associates and Block Buddy. In addition, he’s a clinical instructor at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Through the education arm of his company, he provides classroom and hands-on instruction for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia throughout the country. As a clinical and didactic instructor, Urigel is the reason the surgery center who employs his company’s services is also a clinical rotation site. His students not only receive hands-on instruction; he also lectures on a variety of topics related to regional anesthesia.

A game changer, Urigel invented the Block Buddy Pro App, which includes block descriptions, sonoanatomy images, anatomical illustrations, equipment lists, and actual videos of 28 different ultrasound-guided blocks. In addition, the app also contains information on Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and non-opioid medications, and is available offline across mobile devices and computers.

“Educating CRNAs and students through conferences, clinical rotations, and the Block Buddy Pro application has afforded me the opportunity to positively impact patient care and outcomes,” said Urigel.

A CRNA for nearly 20 years, Urigel earned his master’s in nurse anesthesia and his bachelor’s in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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