Postoperative patients usually receive opioid analgesia by patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). PCA has become part of accepted medical practice and is generally considered more effective and safer than conventional IM (Intramuscular) injection of opioids.
However, according to Dr. Frank Overdyk (Professor of Anesthesiology, Medical University of South Carolina), “conventional PCA monitoring by nurses at the bedside fail to detect frequent episodes of slow breathing (bradypnea) and desaturation that continuous electronic monitoring have revealed.”
Learn more about the benefits of using capnography as additional form of monitoring, including both patient safety and ease-of-mind for nursing and hospital staff at Staff Benefits.
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