Epidural block: technical aspects and complications.

  title={Epidural block: technical aspects and complications.},
  author={Kathryne A. Faccenda and Brendan T Finucane},
  journal={Current opinion in anaesthesiology},
  volume={15 5},
In continuous epidural anaesthesia we rely heavily on the 'test dose' to confirm correct placement of the catheter. This is not always accurate and there are a number of new techniques designed to provide better information about epidural needle and catheter placement. These include: electrical stimulation of the catheter, use of ultrasound and the application of simple geometry. The use of epidurals in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery is controversial because of the… CONTINUE READING