So ACRX can't guarantee that groggy patients after major surgery will be able to self administer the device properly. If they don't then little blue tabs will be all over the place - on the sheets, under the bed, on the face,chest etc. It's a completely ridiculous concept and will be chucked out by the FDA.
So how many years have you worked in a recovery room? Let me guess NONE. No patient too groggy to self administer will have the device in the first place. Secondly the device does not spit out little blue tabs every time a patient wants one. The dose and frequency of administration have a lockout to prevent overdose. I don't know why I'm even bothering to respond to your post you're a freaking idiot. Btw I gave anesthesia for 35 years and I assure you this is exactly the type of product the FDA is looking for.
So you are saying that patients aren't groggy immediately after surgery, which is exactly the time that they will have the ACRX machine strapped to their bed. How will anyone know whether the patient has successfully placed the tab under his tongue or dropped it on the floor. The machine doesn't know. All it knows is that a tab has been released. The whole concept is quite ridiculous.
Being one of those "groggy patients" after major surgery several times, I can assure you I could have held it up to my mouth and pushed the button, then hold a quickly melting tablet under my tongue. Besides a nurse would be present to show me how the first time. If a patient can manage an IV pump, this is just as easy.
What about a tablet of percocet or vicodin, doofus? How does a messed up patient take that by mouth, how much of that goes on black market. Tablets can only dispense after 20 min. If patient is so messed up they can't get thumb in reader then nothing will be dispensed. Not all surgeries have the type patient you talk of, maybe those on CCU would use some other form. This is for patients that may ambulate more quickly and has many advantages as seen in company presentations.
Of course during the trials the patients were being observed. In a normal situation they won't be and tabs are going to be everywhere and nobody will know whether the patient has taken the drug or not. It is supposed to go under the tongue. Not that easy if you're groggy. Perhaps patients should attend college for a week prior to surgery so that they can master the dispenser. A ridiculous idea that has no chance of approval IMHO.
I don't think it is intended for head trauma patients. I'm pretty sure if you are capable of operating your remote control or your keurig, you should be able to handle this simple dispenser. And don't forget, patient satisfaction was very high in the trials. Also, Zalviso will prevent programming error deaths. Do you think that holds any importance?
Oh, the humanity. Blue tablets everywhere. Doctors and nurses drowning in a river of nanotabs from groggy patients who can't raise their hands to their mouths without blasting Zalviso all over the place.
Haha honestly I'm not sure if that post is a joke or not, but for the benefit of anyone that hasn't read up on the trial results, they did test patient and nurse satisfaction associated with the system as a whole. In that they found 67% of nurses responded that they were 'highly satisfied' with the device versus 39% responding the same in the control group. In fact, go to page 12 of the current corporate presentation (on the Investors section of their website). Zalviso scored better [w statistical significance of
Geez ,I guess they can`t feed themselves either, right? Are they all on IV`s from post-op to release for hydration nourishment and pain too ? People aren`t that messed up after surgery. and if they were zalviso just would not be prescribed. Simple as that.