Bet 4: Is intranasal fentanyl better than parenteral morphine for managing acute severe pain in children?

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Abstract

A short cut review was carried out to establish whether intranasal fentanyl is better than parenteral morphine for managing acute severe pain in children. 51 papers were found using the reported searches, of which 4 presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. It is concluded that intranasal fentanyl is an effective and safe alternative to IV or IM morphine for managing acute pain in children presenting to the Emergency Department.

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