A portable, disposable device for patient-controlled epidural analgesia following Caesarean section: evaluation by patients and nurses

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2001 Nov;41(4):372-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.2001.tb01312.x.


Twenty patients undergoing elective Caesarean section were provided with a pethidine-primed disposable Go Medical epidural infuser for postoperative pain control. Patients and nurses evaluated the device by completing a questionnaire. The infuser delivered adequate analgesia, was easy to understand and use, provided the patients with control over their pain relief and allowed good mobility The nursing staff found the device easy to prime and understand, the only drawback being the occasional incidence of equipment failure. The patients expressed a high level of satisfaction with the device and all would use it again if offered the chance. We conclude that the Go Medical epidural infuser is a safe and effective device as used in the postnatal ward setting.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analgesia, Epidural / instrumentation*
  • Analgesia, Epidural / methods
  • Analgesia, Obstetrical / instrumentation*
  • Analgesia, Obstetrical / methods
  • Analgesia, Patient-Controlled / instrumentation*
  • Analgesia, Patient-Controlled / methods
  • Analgesics, Opioid / administration & dosage*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cesarean Section
  • Disposable Equipment
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infusion Pumps
  • Meperidine / administration & dosage*
  • Nurses
  • Pain, Postoperative / prevention & control*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy
  • Self Medication
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Meperidine