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A study by US Pharmacopeia shows that the risk of harm increase by 3.5 times when patients are permitted to control their own analgesic medications through controllable pumps. However, pain management is better when patients are in control. The study suggests that patients and practitioners need to be aware of the possibility of medication error when patient-controlled analgesia is utilized.
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About: Patient-controlled analgesia prone to medication error
Date: 14 October 2004
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