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Patient-Controlled Analgesia: Making it Safer for Patients

A continuing education program for pharmacists and nurses

CE credits are no longer available for this program

After studying this monograph, the reader should be able to:

  1. Identify common safety issues related to the use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA).
  2. Design appropriate patient selection criteria for PCA use.
  3. Develop standard PCA prescribing and monitoring practices.
  4. Communicate the need for an interdisciplinary approach to prevent patient harm.
  5. Use a standardized process to evaluate the safety of PCA products or devices.

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