Nursing2102 8,210 Views
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Had a few questions about epidurals and would greatly appreciate any answers!
1. I was wondering, when you put in an epidural, how do you know it is in the epidural space and not the subdural/intrathecal space?
2.)What would be some signs/symptoms that it was placed too far?
3.Is it possible for the epidural to "migrate" into the intrathecal space and basically turn into a spinal?
4.) If the epidural needle pokes a hole in the dura, can the epi medication travel through it into the subdural space?
I am an RN (and I'm 4 months pregnant) and one of my patients who was 27 years old & HIV+ had a past medical history of acquiring CMV when he was 7 years old and became blind because of it. I was told by one of the nurse practitioners that it would not be a problem to care for this patient as long as I practiced standard precautions.....
I am very worried that I was around this patient although I had gloves and a mask on while in the room (the pt was also + for the flu).
Am I driving myself crazy over this?
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