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Epidurals for Childbirth


  • 39 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • Page extent: 202 pages
  • Size: 234 x 156 mm
  • Weight: 0.358 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 617.9/682
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RG732 .M39 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Anesthesia in obstetrics
    • Peridural anesthesia
    • Analgesia, Epidural--methods
    • Epidural Space--anatomy & histology
    • Obstetric Labor Complications

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521704618)

Extensively revised and updated, the second edition of Epidurals for Childbirth offers a unique guide to the use of epidurals in obstetrics. Care has been taken to incorporate all recent changes to techniques and management in obstetric anaesthesia. The book presents clear, practical information and advice for all those involved in caring for women throughout pregnancy and labour. It is fully comprehensive, covering all medical aspects of epidurals, including anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. Concise explanations of practical procedures are provided along with potential problems and complications and how to handle them. Also included is a chapter on how to talk confidently to patients without using medical jargon. This book provides a valuable guide for all delivery suite staff, including obstetricians, midwives, operating department practitioners and anaesthetists.

• Clear, concise descriptions of practical procedures for all staff involved in caring for women in labour, particularly midwives and operating department practitioners • The text is written with non-medical readers in mind and is easy to read and understand • Explanations of common pitfalls and problems are included together with their management


1. Information for mothers; 2. Anatomy of the epidural space; 3. Performing an epidural; 4. Spinal and combined spinal epidural analgesia and anaesthesia; 5. Choice of anaesthetic drugs for epidural blockade; 6. Physiological changes caused by epidural analgesia; 7. Management of low risk labour with epidural analgesia; 8. Management of regional block for obstetric problems; 9. Epidurals in labour for women with medical problems; 10. Problems associated with epidurals; 11. Headaches, dural puncture and epidural blood patching; 12. Regional anaesthesia for lower-segment Caesarean section; 13. Setting up and running an obstetric anaesthetic service; Appendix 1. Reading list; 2. Web links; 3. OAA leaflet - analgesia; 4. OAA leaflet - CS; 5. Epidural information card LRI; 6. Suggested list of trolley contents; 7. Dermatome chart; 8. Epidural chart LRI; 9. Recovery chart LRI.


'Dotted throughout are the bullet point lists and tables of information, and they represent a concise method of presenting useful information. At the back, a wealth of useful information, web sites, information leaflets, and charts can be found in a series of appendices.' British Journal of Anaesthesia

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