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Smart Optical Catheters for Epidurals
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 anddoi:10.20944/preprints201805.0334.v1 fatcat:ikv5epnosna2zpldeso3qechj4