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What is the purpose of using a pca - patient control analgesia?

What is the purpose of using a pca - patient control analgesia?

Better pain control: With patient controlled analgesia you get better pain control with less side effects and usage of narcotics is less than when narcotics are given intravenous by nurses as needed. ...Read more

Analgesia (Definition)

Analgesia is the decrease or absence of pain sensibility without a loss of consciousness. Experiencing pain relief may happen without a person ...Read more


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Please help! what is the purpose of a patient control analgesia?

Please help! what is the purpose of a patient control analgesia?

Patient controlled: It is a machine that delivers a set dose of a narcotic intravenously by the patient pushing a button. There is a maximum quantity per hour and button can only be pushed at certain intervals. The safety comes from fact patient will not be able to push button if overdosed. There are also epidural infusion patient controlled for women in labor, delivering a local anesthetic. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Which is better--epidural or patient-controlled analgesia after surgery?

Which is better--epidural or patient-controlled analgesia after surgery?

Both!: There is a relatively novel form of perioperative pain relief known as patient-controlled epidural analgesia(or pcea). It's similar to pca in that you as the patient control how much medication you receive. However, instead of the medication being delivered to your veins, it's delivered to your epidural space, where it is more effective and less likely to produce systemic side effects. ...Read more

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Which is better, epidural or patient-controlled analgesia after surgery?

Which is better, epidural or patient-controlled analgesia after surgery?

Depends: It depends on what surgery you are having, and what the expertise of your anesthesiologist is. Pca is a means of the patient giving themselves intravenous narcotic. Epidural anesthetic can be very good for some types of surgery, and there is also continuous epidural anesthesia for some situations. You should confer with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist as to what is best for your condition. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Which is better: an epidural or patient-controlled analgesia for pain after a surgery?

Epidurals : post op epidurals are usually used to provide pain control for a region of the body with less sedation properties and only for a certain period of time if an epidural catheter is used. A PCA is a pain reliever given thru the vein at a prescribed amount by the surgeon with its possible side effects. Also there are risks with anything including epidurals. This should be discussed with your surgeon ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is better, epidural or patient-controlled analgesia for pain after surgery?

Depends on surgery: But for first few acute days, more likely to have patient controlled analgesia and is more appropriate in most situations. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Which is better, epidural or patient-controlled analgesia for pain control after surgery?

Which is better, epidural or patient-controlled analgesia for pain control  after surgery?

Both!: There is a relatively novel form of perioperative pain relief known as patient-controlled epidural analgesia(or pcea). It's similar to pca in that you as the patient control how much medication you receive. However, instead of the medication being delivered to your veins, it's delivered to your epidural space, where it is more effective and less likely to produce systemic side effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
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Pain Management (Definition)

Pain management is the control of pain through medication, ...Read more