NON-INVASIVE METHODS FOR POST-OPERATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT
- Other catheter-related issues
In addition to infection, there are a number of other potential catheter-related complications, for example, phlebitis, an inflammation of a vein that occurs in about 10% of patients with PCA.7 Furthermore, diffusion of IV fluid into surrounding tissue (IV infiltration) can occur in about 3% of patients with PCA.8
In order to avoid any complications, a non-invasive method should be considered for post-operative pain management.
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