LESS PERSONNEL-INTENSIVE – TO SAVE NURSING TIME
Changes in work processes for medication administration could increase efficiency and save nursing time.2 To give one example: patient-controlled analgesia eliminates the need for staff to personally administer each dose of analgesia.. It is therefore less personnel-intensive than oral on-demand analgesia.3
1 Choinière M et al. Effi cacy and costs of patient-controlled analgesia versus regularly administered intramuscular opioid therapy. Anesthesiology. 1998; 89: 1377-1388.
2 Hendrich A et al. A 36-hospital time and motion study: how do medical-surgical nurses spend their time? Perm J. 2008; 12: 25-34.
3 Pizzi LJ et al. Nursing time study for the administration of a PRN oral analgesic on an orthopaedic postoperative unit. Pain Manag Nurs. 2014; 15: 603-8.