Real-time Ultrasound Guided Labor Epidural Placement

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (We are unable to find a clip used to stabilize the epidural needle on the ultrasound probe to allow adequate epidural catheter placement.)
First Posted : December 18, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 4, 2013
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University of Pittsburgh

Brief Summary:

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%.

Condition or disease
Epidural Anesthesia

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Real-time Ultrasound Guided Labor Epidural Placement
Study Start Date : January 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Ultrasound

US group
All patients admitted to the labor and delivery suite who request an epidural for labor analgesia.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Failed epidural placement rate [ Time Frame: From admission untill delivery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The incidence of post dural puncture headache. [ Time Frame: From insertion of epidural to 48 hours ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
All pregnant women in labor.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All pregnant women of childbearing age (including children aged 14 years and above) who request epidural analgesia at Magee-Womens Hospital will be eligible to participate in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Men will not be included.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00811304

United States, Pennsylvania
Magee-Womens Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Manuel C Vallejo, MD Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Responsible Party: Manuel C. Vallejo, MD / Associate Professor/University Faculty Member, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Identifier: NCT00811304     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO08090016
First Posted: December 18, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 4, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
labor epidural
failed epidural
Epidural insertion under realtime ultrasound guidance