Carotenuto, B.; Ricciardi, A.; Micco, A.; Amorizzo, E.; Mercieri, M.; Cutolo, A.; Cusano, A. Smart Optical Catheters for Epidurals. Sensors2018, 18, 2101.
Carotenuto, B.; Ricciardi, A.; Micco, A.; Amorizzo, E.; Mercieri, M.; Cutolo, A.; Cusano, A. Smart Optical Catheters for Epidurals. Sensors 2018, 18, 2101.
Placing the needle inside the epidural space for locoregional anesthesia is a challenging procedure, which even today is left to the expertise of the operator. Recently, we have demonstrated that the use of optically sensorized needles significantly improve the effectiveness of such procedure. Here we propose an optimized configuration, where the optical fiber strain sensor is directly integrated inside the epidural catheter. The new design allows to solve the biocompatibility issues and increases the versatility of the former configuration. Through an in vivo study carried out on a porcine model we confirm the reliability of our approach, which also opens the way to catheter monitoring during its insertion inside biological spaces.
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