Join Siv and I as we sit down to discuss a couple of interesting obstetric related topics. The first is the pharmacology around the choice and strength of local anaesthetics used in epidural analgesia – thanks Siv. The second part we discuss a very large pragmatic study in the New England Journal of Medicine of 11000 women studying the use of tranexamic acid as a prophylaxis during caesarean surgery (elective and emergency). Spoiler alert it didn’t show any difference (death or transfusion).
Determination of the Minimum Local Analgesic Concentrations of Epidural Bupivacaine and Lidocaine in Labor. Columb, Malachy O. FRCA; Lyons, Gordon FRCA. Anesthesia & Analgesia 81(4):p 833-837, October 1995.