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Does topical amethocaine gel reduce the pain of venepuncture in newborn infants? A randomised double blind controlled trial
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    Response to Dr Srinivasan
    Dear Editor:

    We thank Dr Srinivasan for his interest in our paper. For clarity, some of the original results were not included in the published paper. In response to his points:

    To be clinically effective, a topical local anaesthetic agent should work in almost all cases. Whether the sample size was 20 or 100 seems less relevant. However, we considered that to be clinically effective, the proportion of newbo...

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    Has ametop come to stay?
    Dear Editor,

    The authors of this paper need all appreciation in trying out this “magic cream” on babies, which already finds an established role in children as a topical anaesthetic.

    However as one goes through this interesting article, a striking feature is the small numbers in the study. I find no mention as regards to the power of the study. The confidence limits while expressing significant p values is...

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