Accuracy of Depth and Landmark Assessment Using Neuraxial Ultrasound Devices
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The purpose of this study is to determine if a handheld ultrasound device helps in the placement of labor epidurals by studying the accuracy of the Accuro Handheld Ultrasound device compared to a standard ultrasound machine.
Condition or disease
Device: Accuro Handheld UltrasoundDevice: Standard Ultrasound Machine
Pregnant women who present to Labor and Delivery for an anticipated vaginal delivery will be identified as potential participants based on inclusion/exclusion criteria and their desire for labor epidural analgesia. Ultrasound evaluations will be conducted in a cohort of 50 parturients who decide they want epidural analgesia in labor. Prior to epidural placement, a hand held ultrasound device will be utilized to identify L2/3, L3/4 and L4/5 interspace. A mark will be made on the patient's back at these levels. The handheld ultrasound device will also estimate the depth to epidural space at each level using its programmed algorithm. A standard ultrasound will then be used to locate the same interspaces, identify midline, and estimate depth to epidural space with caliper calculation. Upon patient request, an epidural will be placed at L3/4 with a loss of resistance to saline technique. The actual depth to loss of resistance during epidural insertion will be determined by measuring the Tuohy with a sterile measuring tape while it is in the skin.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 50 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
50 parturients who decide they want epidural analgesia in labor
American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status class I, II, or III
age between 18 and 50
singleton term pregnancy
requesting epidural analgesia for anticipated vaginal delivery
contraindication for epidural analgesia (bleeding diathesis, neuropathy, severe scoliosis, previous spine surgery, local anesthetic allergy)
inability to adequately understand the consent form