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2021 Mar-Apr 01

MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs



Prevention of Pruritis following Spinal Morphine for Scheduled Cesarean Birth.


Payne C, Curtis B, Dan D, Dunston S, Moore C, Hefley J
MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2021 Mar-Apr 01; 46(2):97-102.
PMID: 33630492.


Intrathecal morphine provides effective analgesia after cesarean birth, yet up to 90% of women who receive it experience excessive itching, an undesirable dose-dependent effect. Pruritis may increase nursing workload, delay breastfeeding, and decrease patient satisfaction. When 0.1 mg spinal morphine is given, pruritis is markedly reduced while analgesia is preserved.