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Use of patient controlled analgesia in postoperative cardiac surgical patients—a survey of ward staff attitudes

Authors
Journal
Intensive Care Nursing
0266-612X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0266-612x(90)90056-d

Abstract

Abstract Staff who worked regularly on a postoperative cardiac surgical ward were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the use of patient controlled analgesia, which had recently been introduced to the ward. Fifty-five per cent found that the machines reduced their workload, mainly by relieving them of the task of checking and administering controlled drugs. The benefits noted were increased patient confidence (noted by 74%) and improved analgesia (41%). However it was felt by 61% that some postoperative cardiac patients seemed reluctant to use the machines properly or did not fully understand the technique.

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