A chart review of the patients who received epidural morphine for lumbar surgery during the first year of implementation of the procedure was conducted. This article reviews the pharmacology and side effects of epidural morphine, describes the procedure of administering epidural morphine, discusses side effects and technical problems encountered, and presents implications for nursing practice.
Questions or comments regarding this manuscript may be directed to Judy Ozuna at: Department of Neurology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1660 South Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108. She is a clinical nurse specialist in neuroscience. Gregory Snyder was a staff nurse at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at the time this article was written. Presently, he is a staff nurse at Northwest Hospital, Seattle.
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