Patient Controlled Analgesia

  • Category:

    Pain Treatment - Pharmacologic.

  • Age Range:

    Age 12y-18y (Adolescent), Age 18y+ (Young Adult).

  • Tags:


  • Type of Document:

    Medication Guideline, Treatment Guideline.

  • Type of Pain:

    All types of pain.

  • Author:

    Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA, USA

The purpose of this policy is to maintain safety and quality in an evidence-based, patient focused approach to pain management using patient controlled analgesia (PCA). A PCA system allows a patient to safely self administer pre-set doses of a prescribed analgesic through an IV line.