Adult Patients Receiving Epidural Analgesia CA2029/B17 v7
To facilitate the effective and safe use of epidural analgesia using step-by-step flow charts and tables to outline optimal management of complications and side effects. This guideline refers to epidurals sited for the relief of acute pain and not those used in chronic pain or palliative care settings.
Clinical GuidelinesThis guideline has been approved by the Trust's Clinical Guidelines Assessment Panel as an aid to the diagnosis and management of relevant patients and clinical circumstances. Not every patient or situation fits neatly into a standard guideline scenario and the guideline must be interpreted and applied in practice in the light of prevailing clinical circumstances, the diagnostic and treatment options available and the professional judgement, knowledge and expertise of relevant clinicians. It is advised that the rationale for any departure from relevant guidance should be documented in the patient's case notes.
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