Fast versus slow bandaid removal: a randomised trial

Furyk, Jeremy S., O'Kane, Carl J., Aitken, Peter J., Banks, Colin J., and Kault, David A. (2009) Fast versus slow bandaid removal: a randomised trial. Medical Journal of Australia, 191 (11). pp. 682-683.

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Objective: To determine whether slow or fast bandaid removal is less painful.

Design, setting and participants: A prospective, randomised, crossover trial was carried out at James Cook University, Townsville. Participants were healthy volunteers from Years 2 and 3 of the James Cook University medical school program.

Interventions: Medium-sized bandaids were applied bilaterally in three standard body locations and removed using slow and fast techniques.

Main outcome measures: Pain scores were assessed using an 11-point verbal numeric pain scale.

Results: 65 participants were included in the study. The overall mean pain score for fast bandaid removal was 0.92 and for slow bandaid removal was 1.58. This represents a highly significant difference of 0.66 (P < 0.001).

Conclusion: In young healthy volunteers, fast bandaid removal caused less pain than slow bandaid removal.

Item ID: 10056
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-5377
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Reproduced with permission from Medical Journal of Australia.

Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2010 03:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110305 Emergency Medicine @ 100%
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