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Post Patient Controlled Analgesia Pump Monitoring
Author: marfew
Date: Nov 18, 2008 4:24 pm

I am setting up our PCA pump flow-sheet & guidelines and have a question regarding the frequency of checking the pump settings (and the patient of course!)

I have not been able to find any Best Practice Guidelines for this, and any literature I have found has been related to ACUTE PCA pump management(Post Op) suggesting reducing dose/rate based on q4h checks and sedation levels + respiratory rates.

Not a logical approach at end of life

It would be very helpful to have evidence from several sources regarding your current practices.

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