Published 2007 in Current opinion in anaesthesiology
PURPOSE OF REVIEW
This article reviews the challenging practice of systemic analgesia as an alternative to epidural analgesia for labor pain, and places remifentanil within the context of opioid analgesics suitable for managing for labor pain.
Although systemic opioids have long been used for labor analgesia, they have become less popular because of frequent maternal and neonatal side effects. Recently, their efficacy has been questioned. Patient-controlled intravenous… CONTINUE READING