Nebulized lidocaine before nasogastric tube insertion reduced patient discomfort but increased risk for nasal bleeding

Cullen, L.
January 2005
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2005, Vol. 142 Issue 1, p22
Academic Journal
The article reports that nebulized lidocaine before nasogastric tube (NGT) insertion reduced patient discomfort but increased risk for nasal bleeding. Patient discomfort during insertion of NGT, difficulty of NGT insertion as assessed by the nurse and complications. Nebulized lidocaine reduced patient discomfort more than placebo during nasogastric tube insertion in the emergency department, with no difference in nurse-assessed ease of tube insertion. Patients who received nebulized lidocaine were more likely to have nasal bleeding than were those who received placebo.


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