Local anaesthetic infiltration prior to arterial puncture for blood gas analysis: a survey of current practice and a randomised double blind placebo controlled trial.

@article{Lightowler1997LocalAI,
  title={Local anaesthetic infiltration prior to arterial puncture for blood gas analysis: a survey of current practice and a randomised double blind placebo controlled trial.},
  author={Josephine V. J. Lightowler and Mark Elliott},
  journal={Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London},
  year={1997},
  volume={31 6},
  pages={645-6}
}
BACKGROUND Infiltration with local anaesthetic (LA) is recommended before arterial puncture (AP) for blood gas analysis. A telephone survey of 100 junior hospital doctors established that 84% never used LA; the reason for this cited by 47% of doctors was that they considered the injection to be as painful as AP itself. We therefore undertook a randomised double blind placebo controlled trial to establish whether the recommendation for LA is justified. METHODS Patients undergoing AP were… CONTINUE READING

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