The Fate of Lumbar Epidural Catheters in the Postoperative Period- A Retrospective Single-center Audit

Vol 4 | Issue 2 | July-December 2023 | Page 14-17 | Sandeep Diwan, Himaunshu Dongre, Parag Sancheti


Submitted: 26-06-2023; Reviewed: 18-07-2023; Accepted: 23-10-2023; Published: 10-12-2023

Authors: Sandeep Diwan [1], Himaunshu Dongre [1], Parag Sancheti [2]


[1] Department of Anesthesiology, Sancheti Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
[2] Department of Orthopaedics, Sancheti Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Himaunshu Dongre,
Department of Anesthesiology, Sancheti Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra State, India.


This paper describes a retrospective audit of fate of epidural catheters in post operative period in adults and elderly patients (more than 65 years) receiving epidural infusion analgesia (EIA) in a single institute. Epidural catheters can either migrate inwards (inward migration of epidural catheter or IMEC) otherwise, outwards (outward migration of epidural catheter or OMEC). The OMEC can lead to failure of epidural analgesia and loss of infusate. The primary aim was to evaluate the incidence of OMEC. The secondary aim was, disconnections, kinking, knotting and breakage of catheter. The primary and secondary aim together were considered as fate of epidural catheter. Our study demonstrates the OMEC occurred at 1.12%, disconnection at 7.32%, kink and knot at 1.12% and 0.016% respectively A good communication at all levels (anesthesiologist-handlers at each level-nursing staff), in event of raised incidence (inform the QHC and concerned anesthesiologist) is mandatory to avoid mishandling of epidural assembly. After identifying some of the causes including the dressing material and fixation methods, changes were implemented which will be audited in the subsequent study.
Keywords: Epidural catheter migration, Audit, Observational Study


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How to Cite this Article:  Diwan S, Dongre H, Sancheti P | The Fate of Lumbar Epidural Catheters in the Postoperative Period- A Retrospective Single-center Audit | International Journal of Regional Anaesthesia | July-December 2023; 4(2): 14-17 | DOI:

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