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Audit of a ward-based patient-controlled epidural analgesia service in Ireland.
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PMID:  21104335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Ward-based patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) for postoperative pain control was introduced at our institution in 2006. We audited the efficacy and safety of ward-based PCEA from January 2006 to December 2008.
METHOD: Data were collected from 928 patients who received PCEA in general surgical wards for postoperative analgesia using bupivacaine 0.125% with fentanyl 2 μg/mL.
RESULTS: On the first postoperative day, the median visual analogue pain score was 2 at rest and 4 on activity. Hypotension occurred in 21 (2.2%) patients, excessive motor blockade in 16 (1.7%), high block in 5 (0.5%), nausea in 5 (0.5%) and pruritus in only 1 patient. Excessive sedation occurred in two (0.2%) patients but no intervention was required. There were no serious complications such as epidural abscess, infection or haematoma.
CONCLUSION: Effective and safe postoperative analgesia can be provided with PCEA in a general surgical ward without recourse to high-dependency supervision.
T Tan; D Wilson; A Walsh; P Hu; C Power
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish journal of medical science     Volume:  180     ISSN:  1863-4362     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir J Med Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806864     Medline TA:  Ir J Med Sci     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Cork Street, Dublin, 8, Ireland,
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