September 2005, Volume 35 Number 9 , p 17 - 17
D'ARCY, YVONNE CRNP, CNS, MS
UNTIL RECENTLY, not many transdermal systems were available for pain relief. But that's changing rapidly because transdermal drug delivery has many advantages. For example, it eliminates the need for invasive access via I.V., epidural, or intrathecal catheters, and it doesn't require expensive or cumbersome equipment, such as a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump. Nor do you need to prepare bags and syringes of medication or stock administration tubing, which reduces the risk of errors and saves time and money.
You may already be familiar with the transdermal fentanyl patch, which I discussed in last month's column. This month, I'll discuss some newer transdermal options for pain relief.
Under your skin: Iontophoretic transdermal fentanyl
The soon-to-be-released patient-controlled transdermal system (PCTS) is a battery-operated system that delivers fentanyl to patients using iontophoresis—a process that drives ...