Epidural anesthesia

Epidural anesthesia is a technique of injecting drugs, diagnostic or therapeutic chemical substances and certain analgesic through a catheter by using the epidural medical route of administration in which a drug is injected into the epidural space of the spinal cord.

Epidural anesthesia injection can be performed anywhere along the vertebral column and requires slow onset with large amount of injected substance.

Epidural anaesthesia can be used:
• for pain relief
• as an adjunct to general anesthesia
• as a sole technique for surgical anesthesia, for example in Caesaren section
• for the treatment of back pain
• for the treatment of chronic pain or palliation of symptoms in terminal care

The Epi-Guard is specially designed to anchor the catheters used in epidural anesthesia.
 
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