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Hypnosis to Avoid Pain from Propofol Injection

Hypnosis is a valuable tool to help ease anxiety and pain. A new study compared addition of lidocaine to propofol with expert hypnosis during IV cannulation and induction with propofol, and found that hypnosis alone, using the “magic glove” technique was effective! Link to the study: https://onlinelibrary-wiley-com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/doi/10.1111/pan.14909 Link to Dr. Leora Kuttner’s magic glove method: […]

Analgesia for Pediatric Abdominal Surgery: Ultrasound Guided Quadratus Lumborum Block Versus Interlaminar Epidural Block

A recent RCT studied the effectiveness of ultrasound guided QL blocks versus epidural block for abdominal surgery in the pediatric population, and found that QL blocks were equally effective in providing analgesia when looking at opioid consumption and pain scores. Follow the link to read the full study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC11107015/pdf/12871_2024_Article_2548.pdf

Update on the Prevalence of Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents

Dr. Christine Chambers and team have published a new systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of chronic pain in the pediatric population in the journal Pain.  Similar to previous studies, chronic pain in this population was found to be at 20.8% with headache and musculoskeletal pain being the most common pain presentations. Follow the […]

Multisite Prospective Study of Perioperative Pain Management Practices for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Adolescents: Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Improvement Network (SPAIN) Project Report

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Improvement Network (SPAIN) group has published their latest study looking at regional anesthesia for ACL reconstruction in adolescents. The study found substantial variability in the use of blocks to manage pain in children, with a small percentage experiencing long-term pain and neurological symptoms. Follow the link to read the fully […]

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