An Assessment of PCA use in Postoperative Pain Management
An Assessment of PCA use in Postoperative Pain Management<br />By Seán Cusack<br />
Why?<br />Around a third of patients receive intravenous PCA devices in the acute postoperative phase.<br />Feedback from Pharmacy: some patients use PCA devices very little.<br />There is a lot of effort and cost associated with the use of PCA.<br />There was a suggestion that certain procedures do not produce enough pain to warrant their use.<br />
Conclusions<br />Patients who are prescribed PCA devices report lower pain scores.<br />PCA use is a good indicator of pain, so patient education is satisfactory.<br />There were no obvious preoperative clinical predictors for total PCA use.<br />Based on this data, it is not possible to recommend any groups of patients that do not require a PCA.<br />
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