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2021 Feb 17

Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med



Nasal nalbuphine analgesia in prehospital trauma managed by first-responder personnel on ski slopes in Switzerland: an observational cohort study.


Pietsch U, Berger Y, Schurter D, Theiler L, Wenzel V, Meuli L, Grünenfelder A, Albrecht R
Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2021 Feb 17; 29(1):36.
PMID: 33596970.


Pain is one of the major symptoms complained about by patients in the prehospital setting, especially in the case of trauma. When there is mountainous topography, as in Switzerland, there may be a time delay between injury and arrival of professional rescuers, in particular on ski slopes. Administration of a safe opioid by first responders may improve overall treatment. We therefore assessed administration of nasal nalbuphine as an analgesic treatment for trauma patients in Switzerland.