Intravenous products: News-Medical.net report “Today Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its market-leading patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) infusion system. Introduced in 1984, Hospira’s PCA was the first pump of its kind, revolutionizing pain management. It was a simple concept: patients know best when they are in pain, so allow them, within limits, to control their medication. Over the past 25 years, PCA technology has improved the safety and quality of care for patients around the world. With more than 53,000 units in use today and 60 percent market share, Hospira’s PCA device has evolved into an essential pain management tool for healthcare professionals.
When the original system, PCA Classic, was introduced, it was fairly straightforward – hook up the I.V. bag and give patients control over their pain, allowing them to initiate their pain medication when needed. The device offered a complete, secure, pain-management system behind a locked door and with pre-filled medication vials – a first in the industry.”