How often do surgeons order a basal rate for PCA? - page 2

We recently had a situation in which a patient was ordered to have a basal of 3mg morphine after a lap appy! This surgeon has increasingly ordered basal rates on his surgical patients and in this... Read More

  1. by   Lysa
    by basil rate, do you mean bolus? Usually the patient gets a bolus in the RR then when they come to the unit their PCA is usually set for 1-2mg of morphine q 5-6min depending on the anethetist. However, a PCA is never used for a lap chole or lap appy. On our unit they are mostly used for major abd. surgeries or orthos.
  2. by   RN-PA
    Quote from Lysa
    by basil rate, do you mean bolus? Usually the patient gets a bolus in the RR then when they come to the unit their PCA is usually set for 1-2mg of morphine q 5-6min depending on the anethetist. However, a PCA is never used for a lap chole or lap appy. On our unit they are mostly used for major abd. surgeries or orthos.
    Basal rate means continuous rate ordered along with the PCA "demand" rate.

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