Journal of Lumbini Medical College 2019-05-24T10:23:05+00:00 Dr. Anup Acharya Open Journal Systems <p>Journal of Lumbini Medical College (JLMC) is a biannually, peer reviewed, open access, Scientific Medical Journal published in English by Lumbini Medical College in Palpa, Nepal. The journal is also available on its own website at <a title="JLMC" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> Minimal Local Analgesic Dose of Intrathecal Bupivacaine and Ropivacaine in Patients Undergoing Cesarean Section: A Comparative Study 2019-05-24T10:21:48+00:00 Jeevan Singh Ashish Shrestha Kalpana Kharbuja Alex Tandukar Abha Shrestha <p><strong>Introduction: </strong>Spinal anesthesia is considered a reasonable option for cesarean section. Bupivacaine and ropivacaine have been used as intrathecal drugs alone or in combination with various opioids. Ropivacaine is considered a valid and safe alternative to bupivacaine for intrathecal anesthesia. This study aims to determine the median effective dose (ED50) of intrathecal bupivacaine and ropivacaine for cesarean section and defines this as the minimum local anesthetic dose (MLAD).</p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>Forty pregnant women undergoing elective cesarean section were allocated and randomized into two groups. The initial dose was 13mg for both ropivacaine and bupivacaine groups and was increased or decreased of 0.3mg, using the up-down sequential allocation technique. Efficacy was accepted if adequate sensory dermatomal anesthesia to pinprick to T6 was attained within 20 minutes after intrathecal injection and required no supplemental epidural injection for procedure until at least 50 minutes after the intrathecal injection of test drugs. The MLAD for both bupivacaine and ropivacaine was calculated with 95% confidence interval using the formula of Dixon and Massey. Comparison of different variables between the groups was done using t-test with significant p value at &lt; 0.05.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The two groups were comparable in terms of demographic profile and clinical characteristics. The MLAD of ropivacaine and bupivacaine were 11.63 mg (95% CI, 11.5-12.92) and 10.459 mg (95% CI, 10.12-10.87) respectively. The potency ratio between spinal ropivacaine and bupivacaine was 0.89.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Ropivacaine provided clinically surgical anaesthesia of shorter duration without compromising neonatal outcome and can be used as a safe alternative to bupivacaine.</p> <p>DOI: <a href=""></a></p> 2019-02-13T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Trend of breastfeeding and its impact on morbidity in children in a tertiary care hospital in Kathmandu 2019-05-24T10:23:05+00:00 Anwesh Bhatta Rydam Basnet <p class="Default"><span class="A6"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">Introduction: </span></strong></span><span class="A6"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">WHO advocates for exclusive breastfeeding in infants till 6 months of age. Exclusive breastfeeding has been estimated to reduce 70% of infection related mortality in children. This study aims to elaborate the current trend of breastfeeding and its impact on common infectious morbidities in children. </span></span></p> <p class="Default"><span class="A6"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">Method: </span></strong></span><span class="A6"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">This study was a prospective longitudinal study done at Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital with a sample size of 103 infants. Detailed proforma including sociodemographic data, breastfeeding related data and morbidities were collected at one and half months of life. The patients were followed up at 6 months of age again and the same proforma was again filled up. Statistical analysis was done with SPSS 20.0 and various associations were elucidated. </span></span></p> <p class="Default"><span class="A6"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">Results: </span></strong></span><span class="A6"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">A total of 103 infants were analyzed. Males were 58 in numbers with mean birth weight of the infants being 3048±537 grams. Breast feeding was initiated within an hour in around 37%. At one and half months of age, 63% reported of exclusive breastfeeding which decreased to 23% at 6 months of age. Breastfeeding for at least 45 days decreased the incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), Acute Otitis Media (AOM) and diarrheal diseases although statistically significant difference was found with only ARIs. </span></span></p> <p class="Default"><span class="A6"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">Conclusion: </span></strong></span><span class="A6"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt;">Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding is low in the study. The study has also shown that breastfeeding significantly reduces incidence of common infectious morbidities in infants.</span></span></p> <p class="Default"><span class="A6">DOI: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></span></p> 2019-04-24T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##