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Training evaluation of the nursing staff in patient-controlled analgesia



Training evaluation of the nursing staff in patient-controlled analgesia



Annales Francaises d'Anesthesie et de Reanimation 13(6): 898-901



Intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is an effective technique to relieve most forms of acute postoperative pain. However it is not easy to apply. An adequate training of the nursing staff has been for a safe and successful use in the recovery room and the wards as well. Our study was aimed to assess such a training. The most common errors during training period included the incorrect preparation of syringes and the inadequate use of i.v. lines. Errors in programming were spontaneously rectified by using a special procedure. Specific acute pain nurse teams were trained. To optimize the pump use and promote safety and efficacy, special protocols and procedures were devised. PCA is now accepted as a normal nurse procedure. There is no longer any resistance against the introduction of PCA in the wards. Training of nursing staff for the use of PCA devices is essential in order to avoid "human errors". PCA has become routine for the management of postoperative pain.

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