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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2014

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5 5 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 | S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E W hen handled properly, there's no doubt pain pumps make the first few days after surgery much more bearable and dra- matically increase patient sat- P A I N P U M P S A F E T Y Pump Up Your Pain Pump Knowledge How much do you know about the potential for post-op complications? Gregory Hickman, MD | Gulf Breeze, Fla. FLOW OF IDEAS Education is one of the most important components of pain pump safety. Brian O'Doherty isfaction. But issues can arise when patients are sent home with the pain- relieving aids. How much do you know about the benefits and potential complications associated with pumps? Take this quiz to find out. If a pain pump doesn't have a bolus, patients can't deal with break-through pain. a . true b . false Answer: b A bolus may be the ideal way to manage break- through pain, but pumps with boluses are also more expensive. The pump we use doesn't have a bolus, but it lets patients control the rate of infusion. I start my patients at 4 ccs an hour, but the pump goes up to

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