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Topical anaesthetic versus lidocaine infiltration to allow closure of skin wounds in children
  1. Craig Ferguson, Clinical Research Fellow,
  2. Ben Loryman, Specialist Registrar,
  3. Richard Body, Clinical Research Fellow
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL, UK;


    A short cut review was carried out to establish whether topical anaesthetics are an acceptable alternative to lidocaine infiltration in children. A total of 54 papers were found using the reported search, of which seven represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results, and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. A clinical bottom line is stated.

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