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Narcotic overdose with Patient Controlled Analgesics (PCAs)

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Thomas A. Sharon, R.N., M.P.H. points out the hazards of using Patient Controlled Analgesics (PCAs) in hospitals and other health care facilities. He says that much of the information available to patients about the supposed safety of PCAs is misleading.

On his Forensicare Blog, Sharon reveals the actual dangers and possible side effects patients may experience due to accidental narcotic overdose while using PCAs. These include nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, depression, respiratory problems and even death.