How to apply emla Patch

emla® patch (lidocaine (lignocaine) and prilocaine) must be applied at least one hour before the procedure.

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Make sure that the area of the skin to be anaesthetised is clean and dry. Take hold of the aluminium flap at the corner of the patch and bend it backwards. Next, take hold of the corner of the beige-coloured patch layer. Pull the two layers apart, separating the adhesive surface from the protective liner.

Making sure you do not touch the white round pad which contains emla®, apply patch to the intended area and press firmly around the edges.

Time of application can be marked onto the corner of the patch taking care not to press the centre of the dressing. (A ballpoint pen may be used for this purpose). For more information click here.

For more information speak to your pharmacist or doctor

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Emla Patch:

Topical anaesthetic patch

for use prior to the following procedures:

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  • Needle insertions e.g. blood sampling
  • Vaccinations
  • Superficial surgical procedures
  • Split skin grafting (transplantation of skin)

Why choose emla?

emla is recommended as a topical anaesthetic to numb the skin before certain procedures. emla patches are recommended for needle insertions, vaccinations, and anaesthesia of other small areas of skin. emla patches are available in packs of 2 or 20. emla cream is recommended for superficial surgical procedures, minor superficial cosmetic procedures, and anaesthesia of larger areas of skin. emla cream is available in 5g tubes with dressing or 30g tubes.

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