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WHAT IS THE EMLA PATCH?

EMLA is a mixture of two local anesthetics, lignocaine and prilocaine.

These local anesthetics are combined with special agents which allow the products to pass through the skin. Once through the skin the numbing effect they produce allows minor surgical procedures to be performed with a complete or significant reduction in pain.   The Sedation Connection team use mostly an intravenous sedation technique and need to insert a small needle in your vein. The EMLA patch will numb the area so that you won’t feel any pain.

For children it is of utmost importance to apply the patch.   For adults, they can choose whether they want to use it or not.

You can view the video clip on “How to use the EMLA patch” in the Patient Hub section of the site.

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