Patient Safety, Patient-Controlled Analgesics, PCA

PCA Safety Checklist Will Optimize Patient Safety

The safety checklist targeting patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps reminds caregivers of the essential steps needed to be taken to initiate Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) with a patient and to continue to assess that patient’s use of PCA.

Here are two healthcare experts opinion on the impact the PCA Safety Checklist will have on improving patient safety:

Frank Federico, RPh (Patient Safety Advisory Group at The Joint Commission and Executive Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement):

Use and adherence with standardized processes for eligible patients leads to better clinical outcomes. The PPAHS PCA checklist lays out essential steps to be taken to initiate patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) with a patient and to continue to assess that patient’s use of PCA. Following these steps will help to increase patient safety and save lives.

Dr. Jason McKeown (Medical Director – Inpatient Pain Service, University of Alabama School of Medicine):

Checklist for PCA pumps should help optimize safety.

What impact do you think the PCA Safety Checklist will have on patient safety and health outcomes?

Should the PCA Safety Checklist be a standard of care for all patients?

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