The Effectiveness of Glucose in Reducing Needle-Related Procedural Pain in Infants

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Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2012, 27 (1), pp. 3 - 17
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This systematic review examined the effectiveness of glucose in relieving needle-associated pain in infants. Meta-analysis was not undertaken, and there was variation in dose, administration method, concentration, and outcome measurement. Glucose was more effective than placebo in relieving infant pain as measured by behavioral outcomes, but there were mixed findings for physiological outcomes. Based on these findings, 25%-50% glucose appears effective for infant pain management. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
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