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What is an epidural? About pain relief during labor and delivery  
Abstract:  This handout answers questions about what an epidural is, when and how it is used during labor and birth, and what risks are involved. It includes a photo of a patient using PCEA (patient-controlled epidural anesthesia) and one of an epidural catheter taped in place. A short glossary of medical terms the patient is likely to hear is also included.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date/Rev:  University of Washington Medical Center, 2009, October 1, 2009
UWMC Availability:  Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC); Labor and Delivery/6E/6S
General Topics:  Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Infant Care; Hospital Stay
Specific Subject(s):  Risk Factors; Patient-controlled Analgesia; Pain Management; Pain; Epidural Anesthesia; Childbirth
Language(s):  English; Spanish
Audience:  Women; Partner; Patient
Format: Brochure
Reading Level: Moderate
Cost: Unknown
Web Site Location:  http://healthonline.washington.edu/

Health Online Citation #3661

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