Blood donations are an essential part of our healthcare system. If we did not have any volunteers giving blood, many of the medical procedures that we take for granted could not take place. Doctors and surgeons rely on blood donations to carry out a wide variety of life-saving and life-enhancing treatments every day.
Blood donations in young people have dropped 20% during the past decade in the UK. There were 297,539 donors aged 17 to 34 in 2001, compared to 237,520 in 2011.¹
How Emla can ease the pain during blood donations
Less and less young people are donating; one of the reasons for this is fear of needles. This is where Emla cream can help. Emla is an easy to use, topical anaesthetic cream (numbing cream) which can help ease the pain of needles. It contains a tried and trusted formula of liodocaine and prilocaine. When used one hour before procedures such as needle insertion, Emla cream can help numb the pain of the needle. So before you go for your blood donation, try Emla cream.
* We recommend you speak to the practitioner who will be carrying out the procedure before using Emla.
¹BBC News.Young people urged to donate blood
BBC News. Drop in numbers on young blood donors
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Essential Information: Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream containing a tried and trusted formula of lidocaine and prilocaine that can help numb needle pain.1 Apply 60 minutes* before the procedure. *This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area and procedure. Available from your local pharmacist without prescription, Emla costs £5.10 (RRP) for a two-dose pack and includes two occlusive dressings. Always read the leaflet.
Emla is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies
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