PCA Off Unit

PLEASE NOTE:   Posts made to this forum should not be considered as the expressed opinions of, nor should be considered endorsed by, the Medication Safety Officer’s Society (MSOS) or the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). 

Make sure your email is up-to-date
In order to continue to receive updates from MSOS, as well as forum posts and other valuable information as a member of MSOS, please be sure to update your email address with us, whenever it changes. If you need assistance doing so, please send an email to jgold@ismp.org

2 posts / 0 new
Last post
Jessica Lassiter
Jessica Lassiter's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 1 day ago
Joined: 06/14/2017 - 17:41
PCA Off Unit

Hello!

We are working on how to structure policy around use of PCAs (and other infusions) while patient may be off the unit.  
-If a patient has a PCA, do you allow the patient to go off the patient care unit? Are they accompanied? If so, what is the qualifications are required for someone to accompany the patient?
-For patients on other continuous infusions that may be high risk (heparin, insulin, etc) do you allow them to leave the unit? If so, what structure or limitations do you have?

Thank you!
Jess