Journal article

Time to get comfortable with a labour epidural

HM Barker, SW Simmons, RJ Hiscock, AM Cyna, S McDonald

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Women frequently request regional analgesia during labour, yet little is known about how long it takes before they become comfortable. This prospective observational study aimed to determine various time-points following maternal request for regional analgesia in labour until comfort was achieved. It was conducted in two tertiary referral centres for maternity care in Australia between December 2009 and May 2010.Midwives and anaesthetists recorded times of maternal request for regional analgesia, anaesthetist contact,anaesthetist's arrival in the labour room, local anaesthetic infiltration on starting the procedure, injection of neuraxial local anaesthetic and first report of maternal comfor..

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