Pain/Sedation/Procedure

How to Use Nerve Blocks for Acute Headache

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Peripheral nerve blocks may help achieve symptomatic improvement in our primary headache patients, but we are still far off with research supporting it as a first line intervention.

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Effectiveness of Peripheral Nerve Blocks for the Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Ann Emerg Med. 2022 Mar;79(3):251-261. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.08.007. Epub 2021 Oct 28.

They Catch on Fire – Electrocautery Trephination with Acrylic Nails

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Electrocautery trephination of acrylic nail products attached to simulated digits was associated with a high likelihood of ignition (83/200; 41.5%). Based on this limited data, electrocautery trephination of acrylic nails should be avoided to reduce risk of further patient harm.

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Up in Flames: The Safety of Electrocautery Trephination of Subungual Hematomas with Acrylic Nails. West J Emerg Med. 2022 Feb 23;23(2):183-185. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2021.10.53567.

Is High-dose Intranasal Fentanyl Safe in Children?

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Higher doses of intranasal fentanyl for pain ranging from 2-5 μg/kg (with a maximum of 200 μg) were given in a pediatric emergency department, with no documented episodes of apnea, hypotension, or respiratory failure.

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The Safety of High-Dose Intranasal Fentanyl in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2022 Feb 1;38(2):e447-e450. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002627.

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