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2022 Apr

J Dent Anesth Pain Med



Performance evaluation study of a commercially available smart patient-controlled analgesia pump with the microbalance method and an infusion analyzer.


Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) has been widely used as an effective medical treatment for pain and for postoperative analgesia. However, improper dose errors in intravenous (IV) administration of narcotic analgesics from a PCA infusion pump can cause patient harm. Furthermore, opioid overdose is considered one of the highest risk factors for patients receiving pain medications. Therefore, accurate delivery of opioid analgesics is a critical function of PCA infusion pumps.