A comparison of patient-controlled analgesia and bolus PRN intravenous morphine in the intensive care environment

M. D. Bedder, B. E. Soifer, J. J.V. Mulhall

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Abstract

We compared the use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) morphine and p.r.n. intravenous morphine in an intensive care unit setting. Thirty-eight patients scheduled for admission to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) were prospectively randomized to either a PCA group or a p.r.n. intravenous morphine group. Assessments included pain and sedation scores, respiratory rates, pulse oximetry, and morphine utilization. PCA was found to be comparable in safety and efficacy to nurse-administered morphine in the intensive care environment. An unexpected finding was the higher initial morphine utilization seen in the patients utilizing PCA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-208
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Journal of Pain
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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