Monitoring Requirements for Patients Receiving Opioids

  • Category:

    Pain Treatment - Pharmacologic.

  • Age Range:

    Age 0-12m (Infant), Age 01y-11y (Child), Age 12y-18y (Adolescent), Age 18y+ (Young Adult).

  • Tags:

    Infusion, Monitoring, NCA, Opioid, PCA.

  • Type of Document:

    Nursing Guideline, Treatment Guideline.

  • Type of Pain:

    Acute, General.

  • Author:

    Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Ontario, CA

The purpose of this document is to inform health care providers of the monitoring and assessment
requirements for patients receiving opioid medications via continuous intravenous infusion, via
Patient/Nurse-Controlled Analgesia (PCA/NCA) therapy, or via intermittent intravenous bolus.