Presented in part at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 27th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA; March 2011.
The influence of patient position on withdrawal force of thoracic epidural catheters*
Article first published online: 4 OCT 2011
Anaesthesia © 2011 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
Volume 67, Issue 1, pages 19–22, January 2012
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Sim, W. S., Choi, J. W., Lee, C. J., Nahm, F. S., Lee, S. H., Shin, B. S. and Cho, H. S. (2012), The influence of patient position on withdrawal force of thoracic epidural catheters*. Anaesthesia, 67: 19–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2011.06913.x
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- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 4 OCT 2011
- Accepted: 22 August 2011
We investigated the forces required to remove thoracic epidural catheters to determine the effect of patient position on removal. Eighty-four patients undergoing open thoracotomy and thoracic patient-controlled epidural analgesia were enrolled. Catheterisation was performed under fluoroscopic guidance before surgery, and the patients were allocated to one of three position groups for removal: prone; sitting; and lateral. On the third postoperative day, the peak tension during withdrawal in the assigned position was measured. No differences in mean (SD) forces were found between groups: prone 1.61 (0.39) N, supine 1.62 (0.61) N and lateral 1.36 (0.56) N (p = 0.140). The withdrawal forces required to remove thoracic epidural catheters were not affected by the position. Thus, the position for removal can be determined by patient’s choice and clinical judgement.