Pain Patch

The traditional I-V pump that involves needles and tubes to help relieve pain could soon become a thing of the past.

Instead, a new study shows a high-tech pain patch works just as well or better than an IV pump, and it is more convenient for patients.

The patch is placed on the upper arm to administer pain medication through the skin. Patients who tested out the patch after undergoing surgery were very impressed with it. There's no pain involved. You only hit a little button, and it administered your medication. There was no discomfort involved in it. It is as simple as one, two, three.

Currently, several companies are making versions of this "pain patch". It is still under review by the FDA. If you would like more information, log onto www.jama.com.


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