Patient-controlled pain med can increase risk of errors

January 2009
Hospice Management Advisor;Jan2009, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p10
The article reports on the study made by the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety which reveal that errors related to intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) are four times likely to result in patient harm than errors that occur with other medications. The study of more than 9,500 PCA errors over five years showed that patient harm occurred in 6.5% of incidents, compared to 1.5% of general medication errors.


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