Signs for PCA pumps

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

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
Dan Sheridan
Dan Sheridan's picture
Last seen: 1 month 5 hours ago
Joined: 10/20/2015 - 23:07
Signs for PCA pumps


ISMP has repeatedly suggested that sites take action to prevent PCA by proxy. In 2016, a "Worth Repeating" article suggested "Assess the need for warning signage
Assess whether warning signs are necessary on PCA cords to alert family members and remind staff that PCA doses should be administered only by patients. If used, be sure the warning is clear and understandable to patients, family members, and staff (e.g., WARNING: BUTTON TO BE PRESSED ONLY BY THE PATIENT)."

How have you implemented this at your institution? Do you have signs? Do you have another strategy?

Thank you,