A handy tip for emergency eye anaesthesia

Dr Ralph Vida, a GP locum, has occasionally been caught short of a supply of amethocaine or similar topical anaesthesia for the eye.

Were he not a lateral-thinking GP, a patient with a corneal foreign body would end up in the nearest emergency department.

However, the emergency doctor’s bag saves the day.

Although not indicated for such a purpose, the Xylocaine supply is safe and effective for eyes – and, indeed, as an ear drop for severe acute otalgia.

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