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Local anaesthetic and arterial puncture
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    Lack of use of anaesthetic in arterial blood sampling

    Dear Editor

    I performed a similar literature search two years ago and came to the same conclusion that in the semi-elective setting (rather than time critical emergencies) the use of local anaesthetic with an appropriately small needle should make the procedure less painful and no more difficult – particularly relevant in COPD and asthma when patients may be subjected to multiple punctures during an admission. I fo...

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