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

Published clinical trial results support the use in children three years of age and older. Do not spray in eyes. Over spraying may cause frostbite. Freezing may alter skin pigmentation. Use caution when using product on diabetics or 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.

Gebauer’s Ethyl Chloride Only:

Ethyl Chloride is FLAMMABLE and should never be used in the presence of an open flame, or electrical cautery equipment. Inhalation should be avoided as it may produce narcotic and general anesthetic effects, and may produce deep anesthesia or fatal coma or cardiac arrest. Cutaneous sensitization may occur, but appears to be extremely rare. Long term exposure may cause liver or kidney damage.

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Patient Comfort: 3 Small Things That Make a Big Impact

By: Jennifer Clark | On: November 1, 2016

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Improving patient comfort is an important aspect of increasing patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores, yet healthcare providers sometimes ignore the little things that affect comfort to focus on bigger issues. The soreness of a needle stick or an IV start may seem negligible to healthcare veterans, but the pain—even if it’s momentary—is a real concern for many patients.

While implementing patient comfort measures may only take a few minutes, the benefits tend to be long-term. For example, introducing small changes can pay big dividends when it comes to patient satisfaction survey results. Reducing patient discomfort and providing a better patient experience can be as easy as using one of these three techniques.

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Should Nurses Include Topical Anesthetics in IV Start Routines?

By: Julianne Filion | On: September 8, 2015

should_nurses_include_topical_anesthetics_iv_start_routinesIt’s one of the first procedures you learned in nursing school and, for many nurses working in a hospital environment, it can be one of the most common tasks you perform each day. IV starts have become so routine, you could probably do them in your sleep—though it’s likely frowned upon in most institutions. When it comes to starting IVs, you’re a seasoned pro.

However, while IV procedures are commonplace for most nurses, they’re often a source of stress and anxiety for your patients. Even for those without needle phobia, being stuck with a needle and connected to an IV tube can be a frightening experience. Not to mention, patient anxiety has a tendency to stress even the most calm and collected professionals.

There is a solution, though. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adding topical anesthetics to your institution’s IV kits:

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5 Things Every Patient Should Know about Patient Satisfaction Surveys

By: Bethany Nock | On: May 14, 2015

PatientSurveysMost of us are accustomed to seeing customer experience surveys from businesses like cable companies, retailers and automotive service centers. Days after you’ve purchased a product or paid for a service, you’ve probably received an email or automated phone call asking you to rank your satisfaction and share your comments. For many years, businesses have relied on customer feedback to measure success and improve processes. Today, however, you’ll begin seeing surveys from an unlikely source: your hospital.

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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.

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Nurses Step Up to the Plate to Handle Sports Injuries

By: Bethany Nock | On: November 19, 2014

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A generation ago, spring meant baseball, fall signaled football season and winter brought basketball. Summer vacation was filled with impromptu kickball and badminton games. Times have changed. From an early age, children play and practice their sports year-round. 

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