sweet smells, less pain

21 Apr

 Neat tip in April’s ACEP Now mag by Dr. Mell:

HIGHLIGHTS:

sweet-smelling  (e.g. cherry/blueberry/watermelon) lip balm coated the inside of a pediatric non-rebreather mask

letting patients pick the flavor gives them some small measure of control

some studies suggest sweet/pleasant odors may improve pain tolerance

works with oral solutions, seems like odors might work, too.

add it to the toolbox.

References: ACEP Now article; less pain with odors; less pain with sweets; picture.

 

 

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