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VOLUME 18 , ISSUE 7 ( July, 2014 ) > List of Articles


Effects of fentanyl on procedural pain and discomfort associated with central venous catheter insertion: A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial

Mangu Hanumantha Rao

Keywords : Analgesia, central venous catheter, fentanyl, procedural pain

Citation Information : Rao MH. Effects of fentanyl on procedural pain and discomfort associated with central venous catheter insertion: A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Indian J Crit Care Med 2014; 18 (7):421-426.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.136069

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2006

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Context: Central venous catheter (CVC) insertion induces pain and discomfort to a conscious patient despite application of a local anesthetic (LA) field block and this pain can be greatly lessened by using additional analgesics. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of fentanyl along with LA field infiltration in controlling pain and discomfort associated with CVC insertion. Settings and Design: A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at tertiary referral center. Materials and Methods: Fifty-four patients scheduled for planned CVC were randomly assigned to receive either fentanyl (2 μg/kg) or 0.9% normal saline. Pain and discomfort using a verbal numeric rating pain scale at 5 times points during CVC insertion were assessed and analyzed. Results: The median interquartile range pain score is worst for placebo group after LAI (5 [3-6]) and in the immediate postprocedure period (5 [4-5]) which was significantly attenuated by addition of fentanyl (3.5 [2-5] and 3 [2-4]) (P = 0.009 and 0.001 respectively). Overall, fentanyl and placebo group were not statistically different with median discomfort score except at T10 (P = 0.047). Conclusions: Preprocedural bolus fentanyl infusion provides adequate analgesia and can be safely used for alleviating pain during CVC insertion in conscious patients.

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