Errors in programming patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps unfortunately occur in hospitals. At this hospital, quality improvement efforts were combined with staff development programming to decrease PCA pump errors. A significant decrease in PCA pump errors was found after 1:1 staff education.
The authors relate the staff development and quality improvement efforts that resulted in a signifi cant decrease in PCA Pump errors.
Rita Ferguson, MSN, RN, is Nurse Educator, St Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michael L. Williams, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, is Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Betty Beard, PhD, RN, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Michael L. Williams, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (e-mail: email@example.com).