Table 22Cost-minimisation analysis of PCA compared with intermittent administration of morphine: results (children)

IntermittentPCA
Nursing time:
 initial set-up time (hours)0.331.04
 total time for subsequent doses/changes (hours/episode)7.071.46
 total observation time (hours/episode)3.084.88
 total nursing time (hours/episode)10.487.38
 difference in total nursing time (hours/episode)3.10
 nursing costs per episode (£)545.13383.74
Cost of consumables per episode (£)4.9518.94
Cost savings per episode for PCA compared with intermittent (£)147.40

From: 2, Evidence review and recommendations

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