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Intradermal bacteriostatic normal saline as local anesthetic
There have been studies comparing the effectiveness of bacteriostatic normal saline (BNS) intradermal and lidocaine as a local anesthetic prior to venipuncture.  Studies found them equally effective;for example: "Comparison of 4 analgesic agesnts for venipuncture". AANA Journal/February 2000/Vol. 68, No. 1.  I'd like to know what hospitals/agencies are using BNS prior to venipuncture and what feedback has been received from patients/staff.  Also would appreciate it if someone could share their policy.