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J Emerg Med. 1994 Sep-Oct;12(5):593-5.

Minimizing the pain of local infiltration anesthesia for wounds by injection into the wound edges.

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Emergency Department, Western Hospital, Footscray, Australia.


This study on low contamination wounds was conducted to compare the pain of local infiltration anaesthesia administered into the skin surrounding the wound with administration directly into the incised edges of the wound. Eighty-one adult patients were randomized by date of presentation to receive infiltration anesthesia by one of the two methods. Pain of anesthetic administration was rated on a visual analogue scale and recorded as a pain score in millimeters. The results demonstrated that the average pain score for infiltration into the wound was significantly lower than the average pain score for infiltration into skin surrounding the wound.

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