Wound Infiltration: an effective vehicle for local anesthetics?

Pain pumps can be complex to use and maintain. Do they demonstrate their benefits—and the efficacy of the medication they hold—reliably enough to offset their limitations?

This 2010 study tested the effects of pain pumps on the release of inflammatory and nociceptive mediators in 38 patients’ cesarean section wounds. The study’s purpose was to determine whether continuous wound instillation of bupivacaine in a clinically used dose would affect the inflammatory response in postoperative wounds.

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