Hong Kong Med J 2006;12(Suppl 2):S44-7
Comparative analysis of patient- controlled analgesia versus traditional intramuscular injection in Chinese women undergoing elective gynaecological surgery
AM Chang, WY Ip, YS Wootton, TH Cheung
The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. Women on patient-controlled analgesia used significantly larger amounts of morphine than those given intramuscular analgesia.
2. Although patient-controlled analgesia is a more effective means of managing pain post-abdominal hysterectomy, it costs HK$81.10 more per patient.
3. Although they experienced more nausea, patients receiving patient-controlled analgesia were significantly more satisfied than those receiving intramuscular pain management.
4. If intramuscular analgesia is used for pain management, closer adherence to prescription and administration protocols is needed to improve pain control.