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Important Risk and Safety Information for Gebauer’s Pain Ease® and Gebauer’s Ethyl Chloride®:

Do not spray in eyes. Over spraying may cause frostbite. Freezing may alter skin pigmentation. Use caution when using product on persons with poor circulation. The thawing process may be painful and freezing may lower resistance to infection and delay healing. If skin irritation develops, discontinue use. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a licensed healthcare practitioner.

Gebauer’s Pain Ease Only:

Apply only to intact oral mucous membranes. Do not use on genital mucous membranes. Consult your pediatrician when using on children 4 years old and younger.

Gebauer’s Ethyl Chloride Only:

Published clinical trial results support the use in children 3 years of age and older. Ethyl chloride is FLAMMABLE and should never be used in the presence of an open flame or electrical cautery equipment. Use in a well-ventilated area. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating or inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal. Do not spray in eyes. Over application of the product may lead to frostbite and/or altered skin pigmentation. Cutaneous sensitization may occur, but appears to be extremely rare. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a licensed healthcare practitioner.

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Nurses Prepare for Flu Season

By: Bethany Nock | On: November 19, 2014

The fall season is here and winter is coming. This is time for the flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary. Typically seasonal flu outbreaks begin as early as October. However the peak time for flu activity is between December and February.

According to the CDC, the figure below shows peak flu activity for the United States by month for the 1982-83 through 2013-2014 flu seasons. The “peak month of flu activity” is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection. During this 32-year period, flu activity most often peaked in February (14 seasons), followed by December (6 seasons), January and March (5 seasons each).1 

As patients flock to their doctor’s offices and retail pharmacies for flu vaccines, the responsibility of administering the shots usually falls to nurses. And, as with all needle-based procedures, nursing professionals are expected to ease patient anxiety and discomfort to deliver positive patient experiences.

Topical anesthetic skin refrigerants temporarily control the pain associated with this procedure, and Gebauer’s Pain Ease® can do so instantly. In 4 to 10 seconds Pain Ease can go a long way toward providing a solution for the needle-shy patients in need of a flu shot.

With the right treatment, and by equipping nurses with the tools to ease patient anxiety, all of us can better prepare for the flu season.

Click here to see a video of Pain Ease used prior to an injection.


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Seasonal Influenza (Flu)