Patient Controlled Analgesia

Patient Analgesia

Setting up the pump: Abbott Lifecare

PCA pump graphic
   

PCA System
PCA vial
PCA tubing

Changing PCA vial and tubing:

Inserting PCA vial
Loading vial - sliding the vial down into the base
Raise cradle mechanism to the uppermost position then insert the PCA vial and injector into the cradle mechanism Pinch the cradle release mechanism and lower the vial and injector until the injector clicks into the base
Loading Vial - seating the vial into the base
PCA pump touch keys
An audible click will be heard when the injector is properly seated. Program the pump using the touch keys

Check PCA orders for:

  • Drug: type and concentration
  • Mode: PCA only, Continuous only, or PCA and Continuous
  • PCA dose
  • Lockout Interval
  • Continuous dose
  • 4-hour dose limit
LifeCare Pump Touchpads LifeCare Pump Touchpads Graphic

The pump will go through the following sequence:

  • Select drug type Morphine 1mg/ml, Morphine 5mg/ml, Meperidine HCl 10 mg/ml
  • Select loading dose: if ordered (may want to leave this step until finished programming the pump)
  • Select mode:
    • PCA only
      • Select PCA dose in mg
      • Lockout interval in minutes
      • 4-hour dose limit in mg if ordered
    • Continuous only
      • Select Continuous rate in mg/hr
      • 4-hour dose limit in mg if ordered
    • PCA + Continuous
      • Select PCA dose in mg
      • Lockout interval in minutes
      • Select Continuous rate in mg/hr
      • 4-hour dose limit in mg if ordered
  • Confirm settings using the HISTORY touchkey
  • Close and lock the door
  • Press RESET/START