Use of epidural analgesia in post-operative pain management
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Use of epidural analgesia in post-operative pain management

Caroline Weetman Clinical nurse specialist, Pain management, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, East Yorkshire
Wendy Allison Clinical nurse specialist, Pain management, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull

This article provides an overview of the use of epidural infusion analgesia in the management of patients with post-operative pain. Epidural analgesia is an effective method for relieving pain and has minimal side effects. However, life-threatening complications can occur and nurses need to be able to identify these and provide safe care for patients.

Nursing Standard. 20, 44,54-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.07.20.44.54.c6562