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

Wyer, Peter
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. Three placebo-controlled trials reported statistically significant benefits in the anesdietic group and two other trials found that anesthetic agents administered through several routes simultaneously resulted in greater relief than did administration via a single route. Nebulized lidocaine is convenient to administer and seems to be effective.


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