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Med J Aust. 2009 Dec 7-21;191(11-12):682-3.

Fast versus slow bandaid removal: a randomised trial.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Townsville Hospital, Townsville, QLD, Australia. jeremy_furyk@health.qld.gov.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether slow or fast bandaid removal is less painful.

DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

A prospective, randomised, crossover trial was carried out at James Cook University, Townsville. Participants were healthy volunteers from Years 2 and 3 of the James Cook University medical school program.

INTERVENTIONS:

Medium-sized bandaids were applied bilaterally in three standard body locations and removed using slow and fast techniques.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Pain scores were assessed using an 11-point verbal numeric pain scale.

RESULTS:

65 participants were included in the study. The overall mean pain score for fast bandaid removal was 0.92 and for slow bandaid removal was 1.58. This represents a highly significant difference of 0.66 (P < 0.001).

CONCLUSION:

In young healthy volunteers, fast bandaid removal caused less pain than slow bandaid removal.

PMID:
20028307
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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