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2022 Dec 24


Feasibility of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for rural and remote transfers.


Watchorn A, Curran J, Heilman J, Balfour N, McCarroll K, Speers S, Harris D
CJEM. 2022 Dec 24.
PMID: 36565428.


In rural Canada, the majority of prehospital care is provided by basic life support paramedics, who cannot administer opioids or parenteral analgesics. Patients requiring transfer to a higher level of care have limited options for pain control. We aim to determine if ambulance-based patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is feasible during inter-facility transfers.