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 or click on the link below to download a Narcotic Risk Bibliography.

Narcotic Risk Bibliography

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