Use of lidocaine on adults with open wounds: a review of the safety

Boudreau R, Banks R
Record ID 32011001256
Authors' recommendations: One advisory stated that in association with mammography preparation, lidocaine should not be applied to broken skin. A guideline suggested that lidocaine 1% should be the first choice for nurses when suturing wounds. One guideline stated that 1% lidocaine injectable solution can be an option for relieving pain or discomfort in patients undergoing vacuum assisted closure for wounds but that there are contraindications and possible safety issues resulting from toxic absorption levels. While health care staff may be applying lidocaine jelly to open wounds, no evidence for this practice was identified in this literature search. This lack of information should be considered when determining whether to use lidocaine in open wounds for patients in the community.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2009
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Lidocaine
  • Wounds and Injuries
Organisation Name: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
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