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Friday, March 20, 2020

A Cotton Ball, Not Gauze, for Topical Anesthetics

Dr. Michelle Lin says avoid gauze when applying topical anesthetics such as an LET solution to numb lacerations for pediatric patients because it will absorb and wick away much of them from the wound. (

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