Evid Based Nurs 4:73 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.3.73
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Amethocaine gel reduced pain during venipuncture in newborn infants

Topical amethocaine gel v placebo during venipuncture in newborn infants*

Outcomes Amethocaine Placebo RBI (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RBI, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
Proportion who had little or no pain with needle insertion 84% 30% 181% (52 to 490) 2 (2 to 5)
Proportion who did not cry at all in the 5 seconds after needle insertion 79% 25% 216% (56 to 624) 2 (2 to 5)

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