Real-time Ultrasound Guided Labor Epidural Placement
Specific Aim: The purpose of this study is to determine if labor epidural placement using real-time (concurrent) ultrasound guided placement is superior to the conventional "standard" epidural technique without the use of ultrasound at Magee-Womens Hospital.
Hypothesis: Ultrasound guided labor epidural placement in real-time will decrease the traditional epidural failure rate from 5% to 1%.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Real-time Ultrasound Guided Labor Epidural Placement|
- Failed epidural placement rate [ Time Frame: From admission untill delivery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- The incidence of post dural puncture headache. [ Time Frame: From insertion of epidural to 48 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2010|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||February 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
All patients admitted to the labor and delivery suite who request an epidural for labor analgesia.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213|
|Principal Investigator:||Manuel C Vallejo, MD||Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC|