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Investigating the use of non-loss of resistance syringes for epidural insertion: experience on a mannequinThe Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA) has recently released a statement outlining the disruption to the supply of the Portex® Loss of Resistance (LOR) Syringe (Smiths Medical, UK) which is commonly used for epidural catheter insertion in our Trust and many Trusts around the country.1
The incidence of breakthrough pain associated with programmed intermittent bolus volumes for labor epidural analgesia: a randomized controlled trialMaintenance of epidural labor analgesia using programmed intermittent epidural bolus (PIEB) may be superior to continuous epidural infusion (CEI) analgesia in respects such as reducing the use of local anesthetic, improving the quality of analgesia, reducing motor block, and improving maternal satisfaction.1–4 In previous studies the incidence of breakthrough pain, defined as the woman complaining of pain or stress requiring supplemental treatment, was as high as 62.3%.5 Breakthrough pain may adversely affect the maternal labor experience.
What is new in Obstetric Anesthesia in 2020: a focus on research priorities for maternal morbidity, mortality, and postpartum healthThe annual Gerard W. Ostheimer lecture aims to update Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology members on the relevant literature published in the preceding year. In this lecture, papers from the anesthesiology, obstetric, perinatology, neonatology, and health services literature published between January and December 2020 were evaluated and selected based on significance and relevance to clinicians and scientists. There were over 2000 articles in 90 medical journals that met this initial screening criteria for review.