Epidural Needle

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An epidural needle is a specialized medical needle used for epidural anaesthesia and pain management procedures.

Model Number – NH-74653

Brand – Niche Healthcare


An epidural needle, also known as an epidural catheter or epidural needle set, is a medical device used in regional anesthesia procedures. Epidural anesthesia involves the administration of anesthetic medication into the epidural space, a space around the spinal cord and the protective covering (dura mater) of the spinal cord. This type of anesthesia is commonly used for pain relief during labor and delivery, certain surgical procedures, and for managing chronic pain.

Here are the key components and features of an epidural needle:

Needle Design:

Tuohy Needle: The most common type of needle used for epidurals is the Tuohy needle. It has a beveled tip and is designed to pierce the ligaments and membranes around the spinal cord without puncturing the spinal cord itself.

Sharp Bevel: The beveled tip allows for smooth penetration of tissues and accurate placement within the epidural space.

Size and Gauge:

Various Sizes: Epidural needles come in different sizes and gauges. The choice of needle size depends on the patient’s anatomy, the specific procedure, and the preference of the healthcare provider.

Larger Gauge: A larger gauge needle may be used for procedures where a thicker catheter is needed or when a higher volume of medication is required.

Depth Markings:

Depth Indicator: Epidural needles often have depth markings along the shaft to help healthcare providers gauge the depth of insertion.


Removable Stylet: The needle may have a removable stylet that is used during insertion to provide additional stiffness and aid in piercing tissues. Once the needle is in place, the stylet is removed, and the catheter is threaded through the needle.


Flexible Catheter: After successful needle placement, a flexible epidural catheter is threaded through the needle into the epidural space. The catheter is then secured in place, and the needle is removed, leaving the catheter in position for continuous administration of medication.

Hub and Connector:

Hub: The hub is the part of the needle or catheter that is grasped by the healthcare provider for manipulation.

Connector: The catheter usually has a connector at its proximal end, allowing it to be connected to an infusion system for the administration of medications.

Radiopaque Markings:

Radiopacity: Many epidural needles and catheters have radiopaque markings to aid in visualizing their position using fluoroscopy or X-ray.

It’s important to note that the insertion of an epidural needle is a specialized procedure that should be performed by trained healthcare professionals to ensure safety and efficacy. The choice of equipment and technique may vary based on the specific clinical scenario and the patient’s needs.


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