Venepuncture is preferable to heel lance for blood sampling in term neonates.

  title={Venepuncture is preferable to heel lance for blood sampling in term neonates.},
  author={Satoru Ogawa and Tohru Ogihara and Eriko Fujiwara and Kouichi Ito and Masahiko Nakano and Syun Nakayama and Takenori Hachiya and Noahiro Fujimoto and Hirohiko Abe and Susumu Ban and Eiji Ikeda and Hiroshi Tamai},
  journal={Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition},
  volume={90 5},
BACKGROUND The analgesic effect of oral sucrose in newborn infants undergoing painful procedures is generally accepted. For blood sampling, some studies have shown that venepuncture (VP) is less painful than heel lance (HL). OBJECTIVE To determine the least painful and most effective method among blood sampling by VP or HL with or without sucrose. DESIGN Randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial. SUBJECTS A total of 100 healthy, full term newborn infants being screened for inborn… CONTINUE READING

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