Methoxyflurane has been used to provide analgesia for burns dressings on sixty occasions in eleven patients. It was administered by way of a new, disposable vaporizer, the Analgizer, which is described. Three patients required either supplementary analgesics or tranquillizers. No side effects were noted, and patient acceptance of the Analgizer was good. This method is thought to represent an advance over previous methods of analgesia for burns dressings, since there is no undue sedation, pre-operative starvation is unnecessary, and venepunctures are avoided.

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*This device is not yet marketed in the United Kingdom.
Present address:Department of Anaesthesia, Royal HampshireCounty Hospital, Romsey Road,Winchester
††Present address:Department of Surgery, University of Chicago,Chicago, Illinois 60637