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

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Dr. William Jenkins
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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