Since an early description of patient-controlled analgesia (PCEA) for labor pain in 1988, PCEA has become an integral and important analgesic option for postoperative and labor analgesia. There have been a large number of studies evaluating a wide variety of analgesic agents and adjuvants in examining PCEA in many settings. Despite the theoretical advantages of patient-controlled analgesia in general, the superiority of PCEA over continuous epidural infusions or intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA) is unclear as are the most optimal analgesic regimens and solutions for PCEA. We summarize the available data examining the analgesic efficacy of PCEA.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management|
|State||Published - Jul 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine