Just browsing around and seeing mention of some of the things used in your facilities for pain control. I work on a trauma/ortho unit (we don't do elderly total hips, knee replacements, etc--we do 'car crushed my leg' or 'bus rolled over with my arm underneath it and degloved it'.
We use generally MSPCA or dilaudid PCA's postop or upon admit to floor from ER, but I have issues with these, since people bolus themselves until they fall asleep, then wake up with horrible pain and have to be bolused by the RN until they can catch up again. Standard settings start at 1mg MSO4 Q8 minutes, increase to 1.5mg/6min if there are problems. DIlaudid at 0.2mg/8min, increase to 0.3/6min. We usually start MSContin BID as well, and transition them over to 15-20mg oxycodone Q3 hours a day or so postop, unless they are going down for more OR. If oxycodone doesn't work , or there are allergies, we will use PO dilaudid 2-4mg or more Q 3 hours.
We use vicodin or percocet only if it is a pt who we think has only a small amount of pain, never even mentioned for most of our patients.
We also have a pain relief service who is consulted for pts with persistent pain issues. They are fond of methadone for long term relief, and a variety of meds including fentanyl pops or PCA's, demerol PCA (generally a last resort), high concentration MSPCA's, etc. And, almost always, they add RTC tylenol. Ligament knee or elbow issues, or HO excision pts with CPM's get PNC's with bupivicaine to encourage compliance with 23 hours a day in their CPM's.
Just curious--what do you use??