Author in the Room: Treatment of Pain in Preterm Neonates Undergoing Central Line Placement

March 2006 Author in the Room® Teleconference
Author: Anna Taddio, PhD

Summary Points:
  • Infants feel pain during central line placement and this pain can be reduced with analgesics.
  • IV morphine used alone or in combination with Tetracaine Gel is more effective than Tetracaine alone or no treatment.
  • IV morphine and Tetracaine Gel are associated with expected side effects; IV morphine causes mild respiratory depression and Tetracaine causes reddening discoloration of the skin. 
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