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August 1974

Anesthetic Patch for Painful Procedures Such As Minor Operations

Author Affiliations

From the Allergy Department (Drs. Lubens and Ausdenmoore), and Clinics (Dr. Reece), Children's Hospital, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and the Children's Medical Center of Dayton, Ohio (Drs. Lubens and Shafer). Dr. Reece is now with the Community Health Center, University of Illinois, Rockford School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(2):192-194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110270066013

The anesthetic patch with 30% lidocaine cream can be applied to the intact skin to produce complete skin anesthesia. It has been used for minor operations, intradermal allergen testing, lumbar punctures, bone marrow punctures, and venipunctures in a large series of patients during the past 11 years in both clinic and office practice. There have been no adverse reactions. Utilization of the anesthetic patch may promote more ready acceptance of painful medical diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers, especially in children.