Pain has always been inherent in many pathologies, to the point that in many cases it is the only symptom that causes the patient to seek health care.
Medicine’s approach to pain has changed over time: from the inevitability of pain to today’s idea that acute or chronic pain is a symptom that must be treated on its own, to the point that more and more hospitals have Pain Units.
Another example is childbirth. The classical idea that childbirth had to be inevitably painful has given way to the widespread practice of epidural analgesia in delivery rooms.
In the case of patients admitted to the hospital, intravenous analgesic administration is a common treatment for pain, whether postoperative, post-traumatic or resulting from a medical condition. However, achieving balance in prescribing the dose of the analgesic, so that the patient does not feel pain (or his pain is lessened) without the administration of excess analgesics which may have negative consequences, continues to be a complex process given that pain perception is a subjective and difficult to put in parameters element. The physician can only know how much pain the patient feels based on what the patient refers, but there is no way to quantitatively measure it in an independent manner.
In any case, the presence of pain generates a stress in the patient’s body that can delay the time needed for recovery, so the fact that the patient feels better results in a shorter hospital stay.
Patient-controlled analgesia, a breakthrough in pain management.
The acromed Chroma infusion pumps incorporate the latest technology in terms of pain control, allowing the patient himself to administer bolus analgesic medication, within the limits previously set by the physician, thus being able to control pain based on his own perception of it. This allows the patient to feel more comfortable while reducing the need for on-site assistance from hospital staff.
There are several patient-controlled pain control systems, all incorporated in the arcomed Chroma pumps:
- Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA): The patient requests administration of analgesic boluses using a push-button connected to the infusion pump. In the case of patients with immobilized upper limbs, arcomed offers the possibility of using the revolutionary ArcoAir PCA Switch, a device that is placed close to the patient’s mouth by means of an articulated arm, allowing him to activate the administration of patient boluses simply by blowing through the device. .
- Patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA): In the case of delivery rooms, it is the patient herself who, similarly, may require epidural analgesia boluses based on the pain she perceives..
Both the volume infused in each patient bolus and the time of blocking between boluses (in which the pump will ignore new boluses demands) as well as the maximum limits in the doses of analgesic are determined by the physician and pre-programmed in the infusion pump to avoid overdose risk.
At arcomed we believe that safety, but also as ensure to the maximum the patient wellness, are basic pillars of quality healthcare.