Journal article

A clinical audit to assess the efficacy of the Coolsense® Pain Numbing Applicator for intravenous cannulation in children.

PG Ragg, G Cahoon, A Yeo, G Chalkiadis

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | Published : 2017


The Coolsense® device is a topical applicator that is used to anaesthetise the skin before a painful procedure. It is a handheld device with a temperature-controlled head that acts on application, without chemicals, to cool and anaesthetise the site of injection. This prospective observational audit of 100 children and adolescents aged six to 18 years studied the analgesic efficacy and patient and carer satisfaction rating of the device during intravenous cannulation and complications arising from its use. The audit demonstrated effective skin analgesia for intravenous cannulation in children and adolescents. Ninety-four percent of patients rated the pain during cannulation as less than or e..

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