Patient-controlled analgesia: Can it be made safer?

M. T. Kluger, H. Owen

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Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) has been shown to provide superior pain relief when compared with standard therapy options for postoperative analgesia. If PCA is to be implemented widely in teaching, private and country hospitals, its effectiveness needs balanced with a high safety profile. This can be achieved by consideration of patient selection, comprehensive education of patients, medical and nursing staff and equipment familiarisation. Continuous clinical audit allows identification of problem areas along with monitoring analgesic efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-420
Number of pages9
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes


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