Improved pain relief for patients
24 October 2017
The Acute Pain Service has recently updated its pain relief machines across surgical wards at Southend University Hospital, which means better pain relief control for patients post-surgery.
This pain relief is delivered by epidurals, similar to the ones
used in childbirth, and can mean that patients have minimal to no
pain after their operations.
There are also Patient Controlled Analgesia pumps, PCAs for
short, which mean that patients have control of their own pain
relief, and are able to administer strong pain killers themselves
by the click of a button.
Lee Merrison, Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: "You could say
that our new machines are like going from an original smart phone
to the latest model, they've improved greatly. With upgraded pumps
it means our patients are getting the most modern technology to
help ease their pain and speed their recovery post operation."
Now patients get a more user-friendly button when using the
PCA's, meaning that their pain relief can be targeted more
appropriately when needed. With coloured screens it means they are
also now more user-friendly for staff as well.