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Volume 2010, Article ID 309462, 7 pages
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Research Article

Different Learning Curves for Axillary Brachial Plexus Block: Ultrasound Guidance versus Nerve Stimulation

1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Therapy, University Hospital and University of Bern, Inselspital, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland
2Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy, Kantonsspital Lucerne, 6000 Lucerne, Switzerland

Received 5 November 2010; Accepted 29 December 2010

Academic Editor: Jacques E. Chelly

Copyright © 2010 C. Luyet et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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