Volume : 2
Issue : 1
Online ISSN : 2394-4994
Print ISSN : 2394-4781
Article First Page : 27
Article End Page : 31
Background: Venous cannulation is the most commonly performed invasive procedure in hospital patients. It is painful and associated with a high incidence of vasovagal reactions and pressor responses in patients.
Objectives: The aim of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of eutectic mixture of local anesthetic cream in producing dermal analgesia for venous cannulation.
Material and Method: 200 patients were selected randomly of either sex, and divided into two groups. In group-I EMLA cream was applied and in group-II normal saline (placebo) was applied. Pain for intravenous cannulation was assessed by VAS scale.
Results: The mean pain score for venous cannulation in patients with EMLA cream was very less when compared to the placebo group.
Conclusion: EMLA cream is effective in producing dermal analgesia in response to venous cannulation.
Keywords: Dermal analgesia, EMLA cream, Venous cannulation.