KKH testing new way to reduce pain in childbirth


A new technology being tested at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) may make childbirth by epidural a less painful process.

Under the technology called Epiva, a smart pump that administers an epidural to women during natural childbirth can help them manage labour pain more effectively.

KKH owns the technology behind this pump, which local medtech company Innovfusion is licensed to build and sell.

More than 200 women have undergone the trial, which targets 3,000 women undergoing their first childbirth.

Preliminary results showed that the percentage of patients who complained of “breakthrough pain” during labour has dropped from 25 per cent to about 6 per cent as a result of the smart pump, said Mr Theodore Tan of Biofactory, a firm helping to incubate Innovfusion.

Epidural is injected into the epidural space of the spinal cord to relieve pain during childbirth.

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