Errors With Epidural or Intrathecal Meds Can Be Deadly
Mix-ups with epidural or intrathecal meds can cause big problems.
These injections or infusions go directly into the central nervous system (CNS). They can be used to prevent or treat pain in a specific area...or treat conditions such as cancer or CNS infections.
But epidural or intrathecal meds are high-alert...errors can lead to serious harm or death. For instance, giving a bupivacaine epidural infusion by the IV route can be toxic to the heart.