Epidural (Adult)

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Theoretical and practical aspects of general pain management, pain assessment, multimodal analgesia, PCA and epidural delivery.

    • Revise the pain mechanism
    • Discuss the aim and importance of pain assessment and the challenges in assessing pain in particular groups of patients
    • Discuss pain management strategies, including multimodal analgesia
    • To develop skills necessary for managing patients on PCA and epidural infusions
    • Define PCA and epidural infusions
    • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of PCA and epidural infusions
    • Understand the anatomical position of an epidural catheter
    • Understand the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the medications used in PCAs and epidural infusions
    • Recognise serious potential complications and red flags
    • Understand your duties and responsibilities

09:00-10:00 General Pain Session

10:15-11:30 PCA

11:30-12:15 Pump training (for Epidural and PCA pumps)

13:15-16:30 Epidural 

All staff are expected to attend the morning, only those who work in areas which take epidurals are expected to stay for the afternoon

Theoretical and practical aspects of general pain management, pain assessment, multimodal analgesia and Epidural delivery.

Epidural Study Guide -   assets/Barts-Health-Epidural-face-to-face-study-guide-2020-no-troubleshoting-converted.pdf   You will not be permitted to attend if the Study Guide has not been completed, the completion of the study guide is compulsory!

Adult Epidural Infusion Troubleshooting guide -  assets/Adult-Epidural-Infusion-Troubleshooting-guide-converted.pdf

Competency Document - to be completed after training on Epidurals - assets/Competency-Assessment-of-Safe-Practice-Epidural-Infusion-2020.docx

Attendance to the face-to-face teaching is preferable and gold standard. However, during the pandemic phase this may not be available. In this eventuality, please book yourself onto the ‘e-assessment adult epidural infusion module’ accessed via Wired.