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A comparison of local anaesthetics for venepuncture
  1. J Arrowsmith,
  2. C Campbell
  1. Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea SA6 6NL, Wales, UK
  1. Dr J Arrowsmith, Department of Plastic Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK


AIM To compare the effectiveness of EMLA cream and Ametop gel in providing analgesia for venous cannulation.

METHODS Single blind study in 120 children.

RESULTS Both anaesthetic agents produced adequate analgesia. However, Ametop gel was more effective, with a statistically significant difference in the pain scores of the two groups (p < 0.05).

  • topical anaesthetic
  • venepuncture

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