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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 543-549

Comparison of subarachnoid block with bupivacaine and bupivacaine with fentanyl on entropy and sedation: A prospective randomized double-blind study

Department of Anesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Vanlal Darlong
Department of Anesthesiology, 5th Floor, Teaching Block, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.142854

Clinical trial registration CTRI/2013/05/003697

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Background and Aims: We studied the state entropy to monitor the sedative effect of subarachnoid block (SAB) using bupivacaine alone or combination of bupivacaine and fentanyl. The effect of use of fentanyl via the subarachnoid route on the sedation level was also studied using the entropy scores and the decrease in the requirement of propofol used as an adjuvant sedative drug. Materials and Methods: In this prospective randomized double-blind study, 30 patients of age 18-70 years requiring SAB were enrolled for the study. Patients with any known allergy to study drugs, contraindication for SAB, obesity, neurological or psychiatric disease on concurrent medication and refusal were excluded from the study. Patients were randomly allocated into two groups: Group C: SAB was administered with 2.5 mL (12.5 mg) of 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine; Group D: SAB was administered with 2.5 mL of 2 mL (10 mg) of 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine and 0.5 mL (25 μg) fentanyl. Propofol infusion was started if the state entropy (SE) value was ≥75, at the rate of 100 μg/kg/min till the SE value reaches in the range of 60-75 (recorded as onset time). Thereafter the infusion rate was titrated to maintain SE value between 60 and 75. The level of sedation was measured with SE and Ramsay sedation (RS) scale. Results: The demographic profile and baseline parameters, were comparable in two groups (P > 0.05). After SAB, decrease in SE and response entropy was noted in both the groups and fall was significant in Group D (P < 0.0001). The total propfol required in thew two groups were comparable being 3.97 ± 2.14 mg/kg in Group C and 3.41 ± 2.34 mg/kg in Group D (P = 0.342). The change in the mean RS values was from 1.17 ± 0.38 to 1.69 ± 0.47 in Group D (P = 0.06), whereas in Group C it was from 1.03 ± 0.18 to 1.43 ± 0.50 (P = 0.041) within 20 min of SAB. Conclusion: Subarachnoid block causes sedation per se, but the level of sedation is not clinically significant and the sedation caused is not enough to avoid sedative agents for allaying anxiety in patients intraoperatively. The sedative effect of SAB was enhanced by adding intrathecal fentanyl probably because of better quality of SAB. SE showed good correlation with RS scaling system. Therefore, SE may be used as reliable tool to titrate sedation in patients undergoing surgery under SAB.

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