Yagmur Sisman, Kim Ekelund & Jeanett Strandbygaard:
Failed epidural analgesia during birth
Ugeskr Læger 2019;181:V09180650
Epidural analgesia is regarded as the most effective pain relief option, and it is used in 25% of all child births in Denmark. Despite the large number of epidural blocks, there is no consensus on, how failed epidural analgesia (FEA) should be defined. There are several different definitions and probably therefore a wide incidence (8.5-23%). In this review, we attempt to provide an overview of the many definitions of FEA and to identify the risk factors. In addition, we suggest recommendations on how to reduce the number of FEA in the future.