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Nurse administered relative analgesia using high concentration nitrous oxide to facilitate minor procedures in children in an emergency department
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    What is "relative analgesia"? Reply
    • Gary J Browne, Physician
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      • A Frampton, G J Browne, L T Lam, M G Cooper, and L G Lane

    Dear Editor

    Howes [1] concern about the term !%relative analgesia!& pertaining to our recent description of nitrous oxide analgesia in children is noted.[2] This is actually a term that has been used to describe nitrous oxide analgesia for many years. It first appeared in the dental literature and was used originally to describe situations where continuous flow / variable concentration nitrous oxide was administ...

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    What is "relative analgesia?"

    Dear Editor

    I welcome the paper by Frampton et al.[1] describing their experiences of nurse-administered nitrous oxide, which adds further evidence to the literature [2] supporting this technique as a useful and safe method of easing the suffering of children during their attendance at an Emergency Department.

    I feel that the use of the term “relative analgesia” is somewhat confusing; this is not...

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