1. Any ideas or specific policies out there for Dc'ing pca prior to starting po pain meds? Thanks
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  3. by   Harleyhead
    make sure pts can take po ie:no n/v.
  4. by   nancyf
    Thanks, but I was thinking more of amount of time between doses to reduce risks of over medicating. Thanks
  5. by   shannonRN
    we don't have any set standards or protocol. i usually tell them that i have to dc the pca and ask them if they would like to use it one last time...they are usually okay for a couple of hours. converting from pca to po is common on my floor and i haven't seen any problems with overmedicating.
  6. by   nancyf
    Thanks, that is what I thought, too. I am now in an educator role and need to back things up.
  7. by   shannonRN
    no problem....glad it helped.