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J R Soc Med. 2005 September; 98(9): 435.
PMCID: PMC1199650

Local anaesthesia for venepuncture

I share the opinion of Dr Yentis (April 2005 JRSM1) on local anaesthesia for venous cannulation. A venerable consultant teacher of mine, when criticized for using local before siting any intravenous device ‘because the local hurts anyway’, used to respond with the following offer: ‘I will put up a drip on myself using my technique’ (flourishing a 2 mL syringe with 0.5 mL lidocaine and a 27G needle), ‘if you will put up a drip on yourself using your technique’ (flourishing a 14G cannula complete with its needle/introducer). He assured me nobody had ever taken him up on his offer.


1. Yentis S. Taking the sting out of needles. J R Soc Med 2005;98: 178-9 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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