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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1988;21(3):442-445.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1988.21.3.442   
Fixation of Epidural Catheters using Blood Set - Report of 120 cases.
Bo Yul Chang, Soon Jae Kim, Hyun Soo Kim, Kwang Min Kim, Byung Jo Choi
Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.
Secure fixation is essential for continous epidural catheterization on a long-term-basis. Adhesive tape or surgical knots were commonly used for those patients, but the surgical knot method has a tendency to cause strangulation of catheter. Another invasive technique, subcutaneous tissue tunnelling is more safe than other methods but requires sophisticated technique and time. We employed a simple device using a blood transfusion set for patients who have epidural catheters placed safely on their backs. In 120 patients treated for postoperative and chronic pain by means of this technique, the results were as follows: 1) Five of 120 patients (4.2%) developed backache and pruritus, but there were no instances of respiratory depression, local infection and headache. 2) Nine of 120 patients (7.5%) failed booster-injections, but two cases were due to be non-technical errors. 3) The duration of fixation was 1-3 days in most cases (85%), the longest being for 21 days.
Key Words: Epidural; Continous; Fixation
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