Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for Treatment of the Postdural Headache

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Format: Video

Run time: 24 mins

Course Launch Date: 8/17/20

Course Expires: 8/16/23

There is currently a lack of knowledge and therefore the implementation of the sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPGB).  Recent research has shown the SPGB provides quick, reliable, and safe relief to patients suffering from PDPH.  By educating anesthesia providers across the country, the SPGB can be offered to more patients as a treatment for PDPH and can provide relief of PDPH as well as the avoidance of the EBP and its side effects.  


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  • The learner will understand the mechanism of the postdural puncture headache (PDPH), the available treatments, and discuss the benefits and risks of the available treatments.
  • The learner will understand the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) and describe its role in headache pain. The learner will also be able to have the knowledge necessary to perform the SPG block (SPGB) and will be able to understand the risks, benefits, and relative contraindications associated with the SPGB.
  • The learner will be able to compare the epidural blood patch (EBP) and the SPGB and will be knowledgeable about the latest research comparing the EBP and SPGB.

Danielle Zamarelli, RN, BSN, CCRN

Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist, DNP Candidate

Danielle Zamarelli is a Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia Candidate in the Class of 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania.  Danielle received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University.  She worked for several years at Emory University Hospital in the Surgical/Transplant ICU and became a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN).  She plans to use her DNP to serve as a leader within nurse anesthesia as well as the larger nursing community. 



Helen McGuire, BSN

Helen received her BSN from Drexel University’s 11-month Accelerated Career Entry program in 2013; her first degree is in Journalism from Rutgers University.  Currently she is enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Nurse Anesthesia DNP program and will graduate in 2020.  In her free time Helen enjoys cooking, playing video games, and looks forward to get back into the exciting sport of roller derby after graduation.


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