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2022 02 09

BMC Anesthesiol



A randomized comparison of loss of resistance versus loss of resistance plus electrical stimulation: effect on success of thoracic epidural placement.


Dobson S W, Weller R S, Edwards C, Turner J D, Jaffe J D, Reynolds J W, Henshaw D S
BMC Anesthesiol. 2022 02 09; 22(1):43.
PMID: 35139802.


Loss of resistance (LOR) for epidural catheter placement has been utilized for almost a century. LOR is a subjective endpoint associated with a high failure rate. Nerve stimulation (NS) has been described as an objective method for confirming placement of an epidural catheter. We hypothesized that the addition of NS to LOR would improve the success of epidural catheter placement.