# 028 Subcutaneous Opioid Infusions, 2nd ed
- September 22, 2014
- Support Groups
Medical College of Wisconsin (EPERC)
Background: A parenteral opioid infusion is the standard of care for managing moderate-severe pain or dyspnea when the oral/rectal route is unavailable and/or frequent dose adjustments are needed. As death nears, the burden of maintaining intravenous (IV) access, especially in the home setting, can be enormous. An alternative delivery route is the subcutaneous (SQ) route for continuous infusions, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), or intermittent bolus opioid injections.
July 2005; 28.
David E Weissman MD