Conversion of epidural labour analgesia to anaesthesia for Caesarean section: a prospective study of the incidence and determinants of failure.

BACKGROUND The incidence of general anaesthesia (GA) has been used as a marker for the quality of obstetric anaesthesia care. Recent guidelines suggest the rate of GA for Caesarean section in parturients with pre-existing epidural analgesia for labour should be <3%. The primary purpose of this study is to determine whether or not this is an achievable… CONTINUE READING