Hong Kong Med J 2006;12(Suppl 1):S45-7
Randomised double-blind comparison of obstetric outcome after epidural labour analgesia using ropivacaine or bupivacaine
WD Ngan Kee, BB Lee, FF Ng, TK Lau, ELY Wong, KS Khaw
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. Instrumental and operative delivery rates remain high for women in Hong Kong who choose to have epidural analgesia in labour.
2. Use of low concentration ropivacaine is associated with a shorter first stage of labour compared with the equivalent solution of bupivacaine; however, this was not accompanied by a difference in the eventual mode of delivery.
3. Further research in Hong Kong should be directed towards identifying other factors associated with the high interventional delivery rate in women who have epidural analgesia in labour in Hong Kong.