gels and sprays can be compounded to reduce pain and
bleeding secondary to lacerations. The search for a
"topical anesthetic that affords painless, safe
application, does not contain narcotics or controlled
substances, and has a maximum safety with complete
anesthesia" revealed that LAT gel (lidocaine,
adrenaline, tetracaine) is superior to preparations
containing cocaine for topical anesthesia in laceration
repair. Epinephrine (adrenaline) in the gel helps to
stop bleeding secondary to injury.
tetracaine gel versus tetracaine adrenaline cocaine gel
for topical anesthesia in linear scalp and facial
lacerations in children aged 5 to 17 years.
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