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Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting

Summary

Epidural analgesia is highly effective for controlling acute pain after surgery, or trauma to the chest, abdomen, pelvis or lower limbs. It can provide excellent pain relief, minimal side-effects, and high patient satisfaction when compared with other methods of analgesia. However, it can cause serious, potentially life-threatening complications.

These guidelines discuss the use of epidural analgesia, including:

  • Patient selection and consent for epidural anaesthesia
  • Epidural analgesia in children
  • Personnel, staffing levels and ward environment
  • Catheter insertion
  • Equipment and drugs for epidural analgesia
  • Patient monitoring