The use of topical anaesthesia during repair of minor lacerations in Departments of Emergency Medicine: a literature review

Carol Little, Oonagh J Kelly, Mark G Jenkins, Diarmaid Murphy, Paul McCarron

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Abstract

There are currently a number of different methods available to obtain anaesthesia in minor dermatological procedures. Although intradermal infiltration of 1% lidocaine is the favoured method for anaesthesia induction in laceration repair, it can cause significant pain in itself. Topical anaesthesia has been investigated as an alternative to infiltration anaesthesia, with the majority of studies looking at preparations of either TAC (tetracaine, adrenaline and cocaine) or LAT (lidocaine, adrenaline and tetracaine).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalInternational emergency nursing
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Tetracaine
  • Lacerations
  • Humans
  • Lidocaine
  • Epinephrine
  • Cocaine
  • Drug Combinations
  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Administration, Topical

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