Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Handheld Lasers in the ED

From Medgadget:

Apparently, using a handheld laser over the planned IV site will ablate the topmost layer of skin, allowing transdermal anesthetics to seep though. Patients reported less pain in this randomized controlled trial (the patients and researchers were also blinded, though it's not clear whether it was by design protocol, or from the power of the lasers).


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