Emla Cream 5%
For topical anaesthesia of the skin before needle puncture, insertion of IV catheters, blood sampling, mechanical cleansing or debridgement of leg ulcers and for minor skin surgery.
Not to be taken. For topical anaesthesia.
Instructions for use on leg ulcers:
1. Apply a thick layer of cream all over the ulcer. Use about 1-2g per 10cm2. Do not apply more than a total of 10g at any one time.
2. Cover the emla cream with an occlusive dressing and stick it on with adhesive tape. Make sure all the edges are sealed.
3. Leave the cream on for at least 30 minutes. An application time of 60 minutes may improve anaesthesia.
4. Your doctor or nurse will take off the dressing and emla cream just before cleaning your ulcer. Cleaning should start within 10 minutes of the dressing and cream being removed.
5. Throw out the tube containing any left over emla cream.
Instructions for use on intact skin
1. Ensure the skin is clean and dry e.g. remove makeup. Press out a sufficient quantity of cream (about 2g) at the site of the procedure.
2. Take one of the enclosed occlusive dressings and remove the centre cut-out piece.
3. Peel the paper liner from the paper framed dressing.
4. Cover the emla cream so that you get a thick layer underneath. Do not spread out the cream. Smooth down the dressing edges carefully to avoid leakage.
5. Remove the paper frame. The time of application can easily be marked directly on the occlusive dressing. N.B. emla must be applied at least 1 hours before the start of the procedure and may be left on several hours without loss of effect.
6. Immediately before the procedure, the occlusive dressing will be removed, the emla cream wiped off and the area cleaned with alcohol. Duration of effective skin anaesthesia will be at least 2 hours after removal of the occlusive dressing.
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