Penthrox reduced my patient’s pain score from 10/10 to 2/10 within one minute. Penthrox allowed the team to treat an inflamed and blistered area of skin, which required draining, de-roofing and dressing, quickly and for the patient to be discharged within the hour.
I prescribe Penthrox most days, both pre-hospital and in the Emergency Department. It’s my hand grenade for pain, enabling rapid relief whilst I arrange definitive care.
Within seconds we were able to manipulate her badly deformed ankle and plaster it, both without her being aware that the procedure had been carried out until about a minute later!
In quite a few cases, we have saved not just time, but also valuable resource, as the injuries have been able to be dealt with in the minor injury section, whereas some of these patients would have been needed to have been moved to majors/resus.
I have now adopted a Penthrox First approach for all my relevant trauma pain patients.
Penthrox reduced my patient’s pain score from 10/10 to 2/10 within one minute.