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Morphine pump. Hand holding the control unit of a pump that can be used by patient's to self- administer the pain-killing drug morphine. Morphine is often used to numb pain during and after surgical procedures, and to give pain relief to terminally ill patients. By using a pump such as this, patients are able to give themselves doses of morphine when they need to. The machine is configured such that it should be impossible to administer a fatal dose.
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