The EpiKwik is an accessory device that is used together with a standard Loss of Resistance (LOR) Syringe. The device consists of a spring, housed within a hollow tube, that is attached with three clips to the outside of any LOR Syringe which has been loaded onto a Tuohy needle. The tube and spring are used to hold the plunger of the LOR Syringe in a loaded position whilst there is resistance against the syringe via the needle. The anesthetist is able to control the forward movement of the resistance, giving him superior control. Once the needle passes into the Epidural Space the resistance of the tissue against the tip of the needle is lost and the EpiKwik automatically discharges the contents of the LOR Syringe into the space.
Perceived clinical advantages of the EpiKwik are:
- That it will allow the physician better control over the insertion of the Tuohy needle as both hands can be kept on the needle when it is being inserted. The insertion of the needle does not have to be interrupted in order to test the LOR.
- That it will improve safety of the procedure.
- That it will improve the skill level of inexperienced physicians.
- That it would allow a more accurate and expedited epidural delivery for physicians doing the procedure.
- That it may reduce costs of service delivery.
- That EpiKwik may reduce the time it takes for a physician to perform an epidural procedure.
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