Decrease Narcotic Complications

Management of pain is a central issue in the delivery of high quality patient care. Intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA) with opioids is common; however it carries significant risks and costs. There is a clear need for safer methods of pain management than IV PCA, which is very technique sensitive, prone to errors, and places a huge cost burden on the healthcare system. The cost of IV PCA errors was $388 million in 2004.


Reducing the use of narcotic pain medications will also have a direct influence on the incidence of adverse events in hospitalized patients and post-discharge complications. Among Medicare patients in acute care hospitals, 31% of adverse events and 42% of temporary harm events were related to medication. (Department of Health and Human Services, 2010; 27, 53). Adverse drug events represent the most common post-discharge complication (Agency for Healthcare Safety and Quality, 2011).


SofPulse® tMCT, has been shown in clinical studies to have a 2.2 fold reduction in the use of narcotics.(Hed´┐Żn & Pilla, 2008); (Rhode, Chiang, Adipouj, Casper & Pilla, 2010); (Hammond, 2010); (Meissner, Nelson & Hicks, 2009).


If you would like additional information regarding narcotics complications or how SofPulse can reduce the need for oral narcotics and IV PCA, please contact us at info@sofpulse.com or click on the link below to download a Narcotic Risk Bibliography.


Narcotic Risk Bibliography

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