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Invasive procedures carried out on children without anaesthesia

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1564
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Many invasive bone marrow procedures are still carried out in conscious children despite the availability of safe and effective modern anaesthetic and deep sedation techniques, a survey has found. A greater proportion of North American centres used less effective pain reducing methods than did comparable centres in Europe.

    The study, reported in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood (2001;85:12-5), consisted of a postal survey of 118 European and North American paediatric oncology centres. Questionnaires were sent to all units in the Pediatric Oncology Group and the United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study …

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