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how can you prevent an epidural abscess?

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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology 47 years experience
Sterile process: Epidural abcerss=1 in a million- lethal in 12 hours complication. Prevent by anesthesiologist must wear a mask and hat. Wash hands sterile gloves. All people breathing in the room should wear a mask. The equipment (needle etc) should be sheathed and covered when not being used. Air dry the sterile prep. Do not wiped off. Use saline not air for lor, sterile dressing- remove if catheter disconnected.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
Sterile technique: And good patient screening should prevent an epidural abscess after epidural placement.

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