A patient-education tool for patient-controlled analgesia.

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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To develop a pamphlet for educating patients about patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). DATA SOURCES: Journal articles and pump manufacturers' materials. DATA SYNTHESIS: This pamphlet defines PCA and describes PCA pump operation, pain assessment, medication side effects, and safety considerations. A numerical pain-assessment tool also is included. CONCLUSIONS: This pamphlet has been helpful in assisting patients to use PCA pumps effectively. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nurses can use this tool to educate patients requiring PCA therapy for pain management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1801-1804
Number of pages4
JournalOncology nursing forum
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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