Elevated lidocaine serum concentration after subcutaneous lidocaine administration using a needle-free device in pediatric patients.
We report several cases in which pediatric patients at our institution have elevated lidocaine levels in toxicology screens after subcutaneous injection of lidocaine using a needle-free device. The purpose of this article is to report 4 cases in which pediatric patients have elevated lidocaine levels in toxicology screens after J-Tip administration. In particular, the article highlights 2 cases in which children younger than 3 years had lidocaine levels in the toxic range. Although the literature has reported the device to be effective with no significant untoward effects in children as young as 3 years, it seems that no information is available for children younger than 3 years. From a quality assurance/safety perspective, a summary is provided as our institutional response to concerns raised over what is typically thought to be a benign and beneficial intervention in children.
Gulur, P; Cohen, AR; Watt, L; Lau, ME; El Saleeby, C
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