Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101644
  • Nursing issues
  • Randomised, placebo controlled, double blind trial

Topical lidocaine–epinephrine–tetracaine is effective in reducing pain during laceration repair with tissue adhesive in children

  1. Dennis Scolnik
  1. Divisions of Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Dennis Scolnik, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8; dennis.scolnik{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Lidocaine–epinephrine–tetracaine (LET) ameliorates pain associated with laceration repair using tissue adhesive in children.

  • Further research about the final outcome of the laceration repair such as wound healing is required.


Trauma, in general, and lacerations, in particular, remain among the most common reasons for the emergency department visits worldwide. Different techniques exist for closing lacerations, including sutures, staples, hair tie and adhesive glue. Adhesive glue is gaining popularity as the preferred method due to the speed …

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