Remifentanil patient-controlled intravenous analgesia during labour: a retrospective observational study of 10 years' experience.


Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, N. Ireland, UK. Electronic address: [Email]


Intravenous remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) has been routinely available for labouring women in our unit since 2004, the regimen using a 40 µg bolus available two minutely on demand, continuous pulse oximetry and mandatory one-to-one care. We examined remifentanil use and compared, with the other analgesic options available in our unit, outcomes such as mode of delivery, Apgar scores, neonatal resuscitation and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit.


Labour analgesia,Maternal outcomes,Neonatal outcomes,Patient-controlled analgesia,Remifentanil,Safety,

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