SEATTLE--In a retrospective study of 39 children (aged 4 to 12
years) given patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for pain associated
with bone marrow transplantation (BMT), researchers found that
95% of children successfully mastered PCA to control their pain.
"We observed no instances of drug misuse, parental tampering,
accidental overdose, or difficulty weaning from opioids,"
said Peter J. Dunbar, MB, ChB, and his colleagues at the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington
School of Medicine.
The research team concluded that opioid PCA, with or without continuous
infusion, over several days or weeks is safe and effective for
preteen children with BMT-related pain (J Pain Symptom Manage