Fentanyl for Pain Relief in Labour

Intravenous (IV) Fentanyl is a suitable option for pharmacological pain management during labour. Because of the potential for adverse effects related to IV Fentanyl use, Registered Nurses, midwives, or physicians must demonstrate competency in its safe administration. RCP understands that all policies and procedures must be approved by the appropriate processes within each DHA/facility and that assessing initial and continuing competency is a local responsibility.

RCP recommends that the content of this Clinical Guideline be considered in revisions to your local policy and/or procedure to ensure optimal safety and competence.

Date Revised: 
November, 2014